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The concordat provides a framework to better co-ordinate the separate processes of consenting coastal developments in England. It offers benefits to applicants, regulators and advisors by reducing unnecessary regulatory duplication, providing better sign-posting, streamlining assessments and increasing transparency and consistency of advice.
The concordat approach can be applied to any applications for individual projects, if they:
span the intertidal area in estuaries and on the coast and
require multiple consents including both a marine licence and a planning permission from the local planning authority.
It will not apply to projects that:
are solely terrestrial
already have co-ordination mechanisms in place e.g. National Significant Infrastructure projects
The concordat will help local authorities as regulators, to work more effectively with other regulators and advisors involved in coastal development. Implementation of the concordat should generate long-term efficiency savings for regulators, advisors and applicants alike as a result of improved.
The concordat is being implemented where local authorities have agreed to adopt and implement the principles. In areas where the local authority has not yet signed up, the signatories will look to implement the principles in partnership as far as possible, as part of current joint working arrangements.