What is Marine Planning?
Marine Planning is a new approach to the management of our seas. It aims to ensure a sustainable future for estuarine, coastal and off-shore waters by managing and balancing the different activities, resources and natural features of our marine environment.
Marine planning follows a similar approach to terrestrial planning. Marine Plans will be used by public authorities as part of the decision-making process for all new activities and developments affecting the marine and coastal waters.
England’s coast and off-shore waters are divided into 11 marine plan areas. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is responsible for the developed of a Marine Plan for each of these 11 marine plan areas.
Marine Planning in Devon
Devon’s estuaries, coasts and offshore waters will be divided into four marine plan areas and covered by four corresponding Marine Plans
The South Inshore and Offshore Marine Plans
The south inshore marine plan stretches from Folkestone in Kent to the River Dart in Devon. It includes the area from mean high water spring tide to 12nm. The south offshore marine plan covers the area from 12nm to the maritime borders with France and the Channel Islands. Most of the estuarine, coastal and offshore waters of east and south-east Devon, therefore, are covered by the South area Marine Plans.
The south area Marine Plans were the second English marine plans to be adopted. Following an extensive three-year engagement and development phase the South Inshore and Offshore Marine Plans came into force in July 2018.
For more information about the South Marine Plans, including advice on how and when to use the plans, please see and/or visit:
- South Inshore and Offshore Marine Plans [For the plan documents themselves]
- http://mis.marinemanagement.org.uk/south [For additional context]
The South West Inshore and Offshore Marine Plans
The south west inshore marine plan area covers an area of approximately 2,000 kilometres of coastline stretching from the River Dart in Devon to the River Severn border with Wales. It includes the area from mean high water spring tide to 12nm. The south west offshore marine plan area includes the marine area from 12 nautical miles extending out to the seaward limit of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Most of the estuarine, coastal and offshore waters of south Devon and all of those of north Devon (including Lundy), therefore, are covered by the South West area Marine Plans
The 12-stage process for the development of the South West Inshore and Offshore Marine Plans began in earnest in 2016. Over the past few years the MMO has engaged extensively with local stakeholders to identify key issues, agree a vision and objectives, and to develop options and draft specific policies. Following the most recent round of stakeholder engagement (Iteration 3), which came to an end on 29th March 2019, the MMO are now in the process of producing a draft Plan.
Have your say and help shape the South West Marine Plans
Although the development of the South West Marine Plans is well underway, there are still plenty of opportunities for you to get involved and have your say.
- In early Autumn 2019, the MMO in partnership with the Devon Maritime Form will be holding an additional series of bespoke events to listen to those who have, as yet, not had the opportunity to have their say
- In late Autumn 2019, the draft South West Marine Plans will be presented for formal consultation
Further details about these two opportunities will be available shortly. In the meantime for more information about the South West Marine Plans please visit: http://mis.marinemanagement.org.uk/south-west