From 21 January until 29 March 2019 the MMO will be engaging publicly on its work to date in the development of the north west, north east, south west and south east marine plans (Iteration 3). This will provide stakeholders an opportunity to input towards the development of marine plans in the four areas. The engagement will focus on:

  • preferred draft policies;
  • draft supporting text for policies including on implementation; and
  • the next steps in marine planning

The online engagement will be the most comprehensive way to view and provide comment on these Iteration 3 products. They also provide an opportunity to consider the products ahead of a number of MMO workshops across the plan areas, which will take place between 29 January and 28 February 2019.

Attend a workshop

Interested stakeholders are invited to join a workshop to see the MMO’s work on marine planning. The workshops are full day events running from 9.30am to 4.00pm with lunch and refreshments provided. They will all follow a similar structure, but with the main content (preferred draft policies and supporting text) being varied between marine plan areas.

Attendees will discuss policies and their supporting text, and how they can address the area’s economic, social, and environmental issues. This is an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute to the development of the preferred marine plan draft policies ahead of the statutory consultation on the draft marine plans in late 2019.

After Iteration 3 the next formal opportunity for all stakeholders to comment is intended to be the statutory engagement on the four published Consultation Draft marine plans which is currently set down for late 2019. To find a suitable workshop and to register please click on the links below.

Engagement events

Area

Location

Venue

Date

North east

Newcastle

Copthorne Hotel

29/01/19

North east

Redcar

Tuned In!

30/01/19

South west

Newquay

Sands Resort

05/02/19

South west

Totnes

Dartington Hall

06/02/19

South west

Taunton

Taunton Racecourse

07/02/19

South east

Chelmsford

County Hotel

12/02/19

South east

Chatham

George Hotel

13/02/19

North west

Carlisle

Tullie House

27/02/19

North west

New Brighton

Floral Pavilion

28/02/19

Please note that registration for each workshop will close a week before the event takes place.

The RYA is working to ensure that no marine plan policies restrict boating or discourage the development of improved facilities and access. As such, the RYA is representing boating interests as the development of UK marine plans progresses and its expert Planning and Environment team will attending a workshop event in each of the areas.

Phil Horton, RYA Environment and Sustainability Manager, said: “We continue to support the development of marine plans, where they provide clarity on decision making in the coastal zone and reduce uncertainty. However, marine plans should not increase regulatory burdens on the maintenance or improvement of recreational boating facilities and should ensure that existing activity is protected from development proposals.”

For more information on marine planning, visit the RYA Current Affairs hub.