On Monday 11 April the MMO launched two consultations which focus on the draft Statement of Public Participation for each area and the draft Sustainability Appraisal scoping report.
The Statement of Public Participation sets out whom, when and how the MMO will engage with stakeholders during the marine planning process. Stakeholders’ involvement in developing the marine plans is essential. Their specialist and local knowledge is central to ensuring the marine plans are robust and meaningful.
The Sustainability Appraisal provides an independent assessment of the marine plans at each stage in their development, ensuring that economic, social and environmental sustainability is at the core of the marine plans. The scoping report is the first stage of the Sustainability Appraisal, setting out what issues the appraisal will include.
Both consultations open on Monday 11 April and close on Friday 13 May at 11.59pm.
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Steve Brooker, Chief Planning Officer said:
“The launch of these two consultations is a significant step in the development of marine plans for the North East, South East, South West and North West. I would encourage anyone with an interest in the marine area, or anyone who relies on it for their business to get involved.
“Stakeholder input has been invaluable in developing marine plans for the east and south areas, especially in identifying and understanding local issues and opportunities. The Statement of Public Participation shows our commitment to including stakeholders throughout the development of the marine plans.
“One of the objectives of marine planning is to ensure that future use of our seas is sustainable. The Sustainability Appraisal is part of making sure the plans meet economic, social and environmental sustainability criteria. This scoping report sets out which criteria the Sustainability Appraisal will include.”