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United Kingdom

WHICH MARITIME SPATIAL PLANS EXIST?

The UK Marine Policy Statement (MPS) 2011, jointly prepared by the UK, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments, provides the policy framework for the preparation of all UK marine plans and for all decisions capable of affecting the marine area. It reiterates the UK vision for the marine environment which is for ‘clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas’. It also reiterates the UK’s high level marine objectives.

 

England

The Marine Management Organisation is preparing the first set of marine plans for English waters providing more detailed, area specific guidance on marine issues. The first plans, the East Marine Plans, were published in 2014. The second to be published will be the South Marine Plan and this is now being followed by plans for the North West, North East, South East and South West. All plans are due to be in place by 2021.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/marine-planning-in-england

 

Northern Ireland

The Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs is currently developing marine plans for both the inshore and offshore regions, which will be published as a single document, the Marine Plan for Northern Ireland. This will provide more detailed, area specific guidance on marine issues.

https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/marine-plan-northern-ireland

 

Scotland

Marine Scotland has prepared Scotland’s National Marine Plan (2015), which provides a single framework for managing Scotland’s seas. Aligned with the UK Marine Policy Statement, it sets out strategic policies for the sustainable development of Scotland’s marine resources out to 200 nautical miles.  Scotland’s National Marine Plan will be supplemented by 11 Regional Marine Plans prepared by Marine Planning Partnerships.  These will provide more detailed guidance for inshore waters (out to 12 nautical miles).

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/seamanagement

 

Wales

The Welsh Government is preparing plans for the inshore and offshore Welsh regions to be published as a single document - the Welsh National Marine Plan. Its purpose is to guide the sustainable development of the Welsh marine area through the sustainable management of marine natural resources.

http://gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/marineandfisheries/marine...

MSP LEGISLATION

Under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009; the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010; and the Marine Act (Northern Ireland) 2013, marine planning is being carried out for the “UK marine area”, which includes the territorial seas and offshore area adjacent to the UK, which includes the area of sea designated as the UK Exclusive Economic Zone and the UK sector of the continental shelf.

The marine plan authorities responsible for developing Marine Plans are the Secretary of State for the English inshore and offshore regions, Scottish Ministers for the Scottish inshore and offshore regions, Welsh Ministers for the Welsh inshore and offshore regions and the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland for the Northern Ireland inshore and offshore regions.  Marine Plans developed within the Devolved Administrations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) are in accordance with the current devolution settlements; policy relating to reserved matters is approved by the Secretary of State.

NATIONAL MSP AUTHORITY

The marine plan authorities responsible for developing Marine Plans are the Secretary of State for the English inshore and offshore regions, Scottish Ministers for the Scottish inshore and offshore regions, Welsh Ministers for the Welsh inshore and offshore regions and the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland for the Northern Ireland inshore and offshore regions.  Marine Plans developed within the Devolved Administrations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) are in accordance with the current devolution settlements; policy relating to reserved matters is approved by the Secretary of State.

CONTACT

England

Marine Management Organisation

planning@marinemanagement.org.uk

 

Scotland

Scottish Government

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/contact

 

Wales

Marine Planning Team

marineplanning@wales.gsi.gov.uk

 

Northern Ireland

Marine Plan Team

marineplanteam@doeni.gov.uk

 

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Last Update 07.03.2017