Research and analysis

Seascape assessment for the South marine plan areas (MMO 1037)

A seascape assessment, including a character study and visual resource mapping, for the South inshore and offshore marine plan areas.

Documents

Seascape assessment for the South inshore and offshore marine plans (MMO 1037) final report

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Technical report note

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MCA 1: Lyme Bay (West)

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MCA 2: Lyme Bay (East)

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MCA 3: Portland, Weymouth Bay and Lulworth Banks

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MCA 4: Poole and Christchurch Bays

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MCA 5: The Solent

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MCA 6: South Wight

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MCA 7: Selsey Bill to Seaford Head

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MCA 8: South Downs Maritime

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MCA 9: Eastbourne, Pevensey and Rye Bays

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MCA 10: Hythe and East Wear Bays

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MCA 11: Dover Strait Inshore Waters

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MCA 12: English Channel (East) / Dover Strait

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MCA 13: English Channel (Central)

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MCA 14: English Channel (West) and the Wight Barfleur Reef

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Detail

This report was commissioned by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to provide a seascape assessment, including a character study and visual resource mapping, for the South inshore and offshore marine plan areas. It also included development of an approach to visual resource mapping for future marine plan areas.

Following a review of evidence and consultation with stakeholders fourteen marine character areas (MCA) have been identified, eleven adjacent to the coast and three offshore in the English Channel. The suite of MCAs can be viewed on the marine planning portal here.

Descriptions and maps of each MCA are available below. Each MCA is presented separately and includes the visual resource maps for that character area. Each document consists of information on:

  • location and boundaries
  • overall character
  • adjacent national character areas
  • adjacent nationally protected landscapes
  • key characteristics
  • natural influences
  • cultural/social influences
  • aesthetic and perceptual qualities
  • land with views of the MCA
  • visibility of sea from land

A technical report is also provided below to describe the methods used to develop the seascape assessment including notes from discussions at stakeholder workshops.

The report was published on 19 June 2014.