The MMO requires a character description of the north east, south east, south west and north west marine plan areas to support marine planning. Evidence is required to characterise both the inshore and offshore areas.
This work will be split into the following parts:
characterisation of the above marine plan areas via desk study
stakeholder validation of the findings
visual amenity analysis to show where the sea is visible from the land
field work, which is not a priority to deliver as part of this requirement, but could potentially add value to the findings.
Marine Planning: will use the characterisation work (stakeholder validation if available) to help inform marine plan development, particularly in relation to identifying seascape related issues and developing plan policies for seascape.
Marine Licensing: will use the visual amenity analysis to help determine the impacts of developments at sea from the land and vice versa, which will inform licensing decisions where relevant.