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Draft vision and objectives

We carried out an informal consultation between 23 March and 20 April 2012 on the Draft vision and objectives for the East marine plans, which set out the background to marine planning and the approach to developing a draft vision and set of objectives. We received 70 responses, containing 1,032 comments, from a wide variety of organisations.

We have produced an updated draft vision and objectives that focuses on the consultation responses, feedback and resulting changes to the text of the vision and objectives. Read Draft vision and objectives for East marine plans: Update (PDF 426 KB).

The report should be viewed as an update and a record of the further development of the current step in the marine planning process – vision and objectives – and an outline of some of the issues for consideration in the next steps.

The report is not intended to be the final version of the vision and objectives as these will be kept under review during the options development phase and subsequent drafting of the marine plan. It is possible that further assessment of issues and potential solutions will lead to modification of some objectives or the wording of the vision. Factors other than further consultation, such as developing government policy, may also affect the final version. It is, however, considered invaluable to not only set out the comments received and feedback on these, but also the resulting iteration of the vision and objectives to inform the next steps and stimulate further dialogue.

The vision and all the objectives should be read together, to recognise their integrated and cross-cutting nature.

Next steps

The next stage of the marine planning process will focus on developing options to address the key issues for the East Inshore and East Offshore marine plans.


The following documents are from the consultation and they describe a draft vision and set of plan objectives.

Contact information

Marine Planning Team
Marine Management Organisation
Lancaster House
Hampshire Court
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel: 0191 376 2790
Email: planning@

Help with documents

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