Marine planning aims to ensure a sustainable future for our coastal and offshore waters through integrating the many activities, resources and assets in our marine area.
The study, conducted independently, is a resource that helps marine planners, developers, local authorities and others with an interest in sustainable development in the marine area to understand various issues affecting coastal communities. It takes a national view of the socio-economic factors currently driving coastal communities in England, from planned developments to tourism, and then looks in more detail at the East of England – the area where the first 2 marine plans were being developed (at the time).
The information used to produce the study comes from a variety of sources, including local planning documentation and figures verified by the Office for National Statistics.
The report contains a range of views from many contributors in addition to the report authors. These do not necessarily represent our view and while we will take these views into account, we may need to consider these alongside other evidence.
How the findings of the study will be used
Marine planners will use the study alongside other forms of evidence, data and stakeholder engagement feedback to develop marine plans and maximise the benefits of sustainable marine development for coastal communities.
The study will be used to discuss with stakeholders, particularly local authorities, the land-based opportunities marine planning can bring to specific areas.
The study also provides marine planners with detailed information about the marine-related aspirations of local authorities in the East of England plan areas.
This work will now support the Marine Management Organisation’s decision-making during the planning process and ensure we can understand, and give consideration to, the socio-economic impacts of marine planning in coastal communities, in addition to other data such as environmental factors.