First regional Marine Plan published
2nd April Marine Conservation Society response to Government announcement on East Marine Plan: England’s first regional Marine Plan published One hundred years later than terrestrial planning, the UK at last has its first Marine Plan.
2nd April Marine Conservation Society response to Government announcement on East Marine Plan: England’s first regional Marine Plan published One hundred years later than terrestrial planning, the UK at last has its first Marine Plan. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) welcomes England’s first ever Marine Plan, published today, but raises concerns as to whether it will lead to sustainable development or over-use with an emphasis on growth and removing “red tape Ø. The East Marine Plan covers the inshore and offshore area of the southern half of the North Sea. Melissa Moore, Senior Policy Officer at the Marine Conservation Society says “One hundred years on from the introduction of land-use planning, we at last have marine planning too. We’ve led the campaign for marine planning for over a decade and so we’re pleased this element of the Marine Act is now being implemented. However, we’re concerned that the East Marine Plan provides a presumption in favour of development in virtually every sector, when its original aim was to consider our seas as ecosystems that must be planned and managed to prevent over-exploitation. Ø Marine Planning is necessary to plan and manage the main marine industries that cumulatively impact on our seas which are fishing, offshore wind, oil and gas, shipping, ports and aggregates. It is essential that we plan and manage these activities to ensure that they occur within environmental limits of our seas. Notes: The UK Marine & Coastal Access Act, 2009 provides the legal basis for marine planning The Housing and Town Planning Act, 1909 paved the way for terrestrial planning Defra’s original aim for Marine Spatial Planning, as stated in 2004 was “strategic, forward-looking planning for regulating, managing and protecting the marine environment, including through allocation of space that addresses the multiple, cumulative, and potentially conflicting uses of the sea Ø Defra 2004. The Marine Plan can be viewed at the MMO Website.