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Marine Planning Implementation Session

Marine Planning in the East of England

Monday, 16 March 2015 at 1:45PM - 4:30PM
St Edmundsbury BC Offices, West Suffolk House, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3YU, UK
RTPI East of England

MMO logoThe Marine Management Organisation will be convening this free workshop for RTPI members in the East of England.

A first look and immediate implications:  Marine Planning in the East of England in 2015

Co-ordinating policy to comply with a new and extensive system of offshore plans.

£50 billion.  That is the value of capital investment being put into development in the Southern North Sea over the next five years in what is already the most diverse and densely developed area in UK waters, and that is only going to increase. With marine activity now being Plan-led, there is an opportunity (as well as a legal duty under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009) to properly understand and support offshore activity.

The first plans for the seas around England and Wales is for the East of England, from Flamborough Head near Scarborough to Felixstowe in Suffolk up to 250 miles out to sea.  There is a reason this area was chosen.  90% of the UK natural gas supply is extracted or transported through the area, we host the country’s largest port; we have the country’s second most productive boat-building sector who launch from Ipswich, Kings Lynn and Hampshire; most prominently, some of the worlds’ largest active wind farms are placed in the seas off our coast.

All of this activity needs terrestrial planning to be supportive and co-ordinate with offshore policies.  This is a new system that pays homage to land-use planning but encompasses a familiar but very different range of stakeholders, practices and processes. 

What are the direct impacts upon policy and LDF?  No-one knows, adding to the risk of not understanding and adhering to the duties on terrestrial planners under Marine Plan regulation.

Attendees at this workshop will have a unique hands-on opportunity to work with the MMO to look at the future implications of what should by now be a familiar story of the development of marine plans. 

The session will include:

  • An overview of the East Marine Plans;
  • Implications of section 58 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009;
  • The MMO’s current approach to implementation and monitoring;
  • Relevant implications of duty to co-operate when producing local plans/ core strategies;
  • A policy analysis session to identify how members may consider marine plan policies as a decision maker (using example marine plan policies);

Book now for your FREE place.  Refreshments (not lunch) will be provided.

Although free, there would be a £10 administration charge for anyone reserving a place and not attending on the day.