East Marine Plan Statement of Public Participation

Closed 12 Feb 2024

Opened 15 Jan 2024

Feedback updated 22 Apr 2024

We asked

To start the process of replacing the East Marine Plans, as agreed by the Secretary of State in April 2023, and approval to consult on the East Marine Plan Draft Statemnet of Public Particiaption. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) held a formal consultation between 15 January 2024 and 12 February 2024.

Four engagement events were held during the consultation period, which were attended by a wide range of stakeholders from various sectors.

You said

The consensus from the consultation was that the Statement of Public Particiaption generally meets the requirements of stakeholders. No changes were required to the Draft East Marine Plan Statement of Public Participation directly however, minor changes have been made to the corresponding gov.uk webpages to reflect the representations made by stakeholders. 

We did

Following the consultation on the East Marine Plan Draft Statement of Public Participation, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has agreed to publish the East Marine Plan Statement of Public Participation.  

You can review the East marine Plan Statement of Public Participation and learn more about the process of replacing the East Marine Plan on the marine planning webpages


To start the process of replacing the East Inshore and East Offshore Marine Plans, the Marine Planning Team invites those interested to have their say in the East Marine Plan Statement of Public Participation consultation.  

The Sectary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) agreed with the Marine Management Organisations (MMO) recommendation made in 2022 to replace the East Marine Plans. The MMO and Defra will work together to develop the process to replace the East Marine Plans, including consultation with stakeholders at each appropriate stage. 

Statement of Public Participation:

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Why your views matter

The Statement of Public Participation ensures that the marine planning process is transparent, and that stakeholders understand how they can be involved to influence a marine plan’s development. It sets out how, when, and why we will engage throughout the process of replacing the East Marine Plans. 

It is important that all those with an interest in the UK’s marine environment can have their say in the process to replace the East Marine Plans and contribute to shaping the east marine plan areas’ seas and coast. Find out more about the Statement of Public Participation here.

Please respond via this online survey setting out your comments with any amendments.

This consultation will be available online from 15 January 2024, closing on 12 February 2024.

Get involved

As part of our commitment to engage stakeholders, we are hosting three in-person events and an online webinar to increase the opportunities to engage in the process. A recording will be posted on our website so all those with an interest can get involved.   

The events will explain the evolution of marine planning since the adoption of the East Marine Plans. We will inform you about the new East Marine Plan process and the East Marine Plan Statement of Public Participation (SPP) consultation. The SPP includes details on how, when and with whom we will engage throughout the marine planning process.   

To find out more and to register please see below for an event in your area: 

18 January 2024, 14:00 – 15:30, Online webinarA recording will be available for those that were unable to attend. 


23 January 2024, 9:30 – 11:30, Great Yarmouth Town Hall  


23 January 2024, 15:00 – 17:00, White Hart Hotel – Boston  


24 January 2024, 14:00 – 16:00, Bridlington Spa – Bridlington 



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