Draft North East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan Consultation

Closes 6 Apr 2020

Opened 14 Jan 2020

Overview

Since 2016 the Draft North East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan has been developed with stakeholders, providing a robust and evidence-based plan that is tailored to the economic, environmental and social needs of the north east inshore and offshore marine plan areas.

The Draft North East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan will help to make sure the right activities occur in the right place, at the right time, and in the right way placing sustainable development at the centre of all decisions. The plan will provide a framework that will shape and inform decisions over how the areas' waters are developed, protected and improved over the next 20 years. In doing so, the draft plan will help to safeguard and enhance the marine environment, improve the well-being of coastal communities and support a strong marine economy. The Draft Marine Plan will contribute to achievement of the Marine Policy Statement.

Once the formal consultation period starts, the Consultation Draft North East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan becomes a material consideration in decision-making.

During this consultation period, the following documents will be presented for the public to consult on: 

  • The Draft North East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan (which includes the plan’s vision, objectives and policies)
  • The Draft North East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan Technical Annex (which includes further detail on policy implementation and must be read alongside the Draft North East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan to implement the plan policies)
  • The Draft Sustainability Appraisal

The Draft North East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan is also supported by a Habitats Regulations Assessment, which has been completed, and for which there are three reports: Pre-Screening, Screening and Appropriate Assessment Information Report.

North east inshore and offshore marine plan areas map

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Why We Are Consulting

In accordance with the requirements of Schedule 6 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (link opens in a new window), the Marine Management Organisation are delighted to announce that the consultation on the Draft North East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan, and Sustainability Appraisal, will be between 14th January - 6th April 2020.

We are also asking for your views on the Draft North East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan Technical Annex.

The public consultation is the final stage in the planning process to comment before we complete drafting of the North East Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan and submit it to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for approval to adopt and publish. It is your last chance to make representations on the plan policies, to ensure they reflect local issues and that they are implementable.

Audiences

  • Public Bodies

Interests

  • Marine