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Draft East Inshore and East Offshore marine plans consultation

The East Inshore and East Offshore areas are the first areas in England to be selected for marine planning. The East Inshore area includes a coastline that stretches from Flamborough Head to Felixstowe. We officially began the planning process on 1 April 2011.

Consultation update: Maps

We have received a number of helpful comments on the maps in the draft plans and would like to remind those responding that many of the maps use data owned by other organisations so we encourage you to source the most up-to-date version of these maps direct from the individual owners of the data. Also, more detailed maps can be viewed on the Marine Planning Portal, where you can zoom into a particular area and view data at a higher resolution.

We have produced supporting information on how many of the maps were made based on comments received so far. Read Annex 1: Supporting information on how some maps were produced (PDF 223 KB).

We also have an updated version of Figure 19 (PDF 612 KB), which did not show all areas currently licensed for aggregate extraction. Also, policy AQ1 makes reference to "optimum sites for aquaculture development (identified through research)". Figure 25 (PDF 737 KB) shows where these sites are located.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the team at

We welcome comments from anyone interested in these draft marine plans. The representations made during public consultation will be considered by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) before the final plans are submitted to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for approval.

How to respond to the consultation

The consultation is now closed. The consultation ran for 12 weeks, from 16 July until 5 pm on 8 October 2013.

Comments can be made online and there are also PDF versions of the questionnaires for those who would prefer to use them.

If you want to comment on the maps in the draft East marine plans and these comments are spatial rather than free text response, you can do so through the Marine Planning Portal.

More information is available on how comments will be considered.

Draft East marine plans

Supporting documents

Sustainability appraisal

Alongside the draft marine plans, we are also consulting on the draft sustainability appraisal report for the draft marine plans.

How comments will be considered

All comments received will be acknowledged and considered in any revision of the draft East marine plans. Where we require further information or clarification we will contact the relevant consultees. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to contact everyone who responds to the consultation, so please make your comments as detailed as possible when you first submit them.

Revisions to the plans will be made where appropriate. Where revision of the plans is not appropriate, the MMO response to comments that are not progressed will be recorded for future reference.

Please note that any comments received may be made public as part of this process, and could contribute towards any independent investigation process.

Following public consultation and consideration of any points raised, discussions may take place between relevant consultees and the MMO to clarify or resolve issues raised. Where there are unresolved matters, these may form the basis of a recommendation from the MMO to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for an independent investigation in accordance with schedule 6 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, with the sustainability appraisal and other preceding material providing an information resource.

If an independent investigation is required it will be performed by the Planning Inspectorate who will publish recommendations at the conclusion of the independent investigation. The MMO must take any such recommendations into account when finalising the text of the plans.

Once plans are finalised, the MMO will submit the plans to the Secretary of State for adoption. When formally adopted, the MMO must then publish the plans as soon as reasonably practicable, in accordance with requirements in schedule 6 of the act, together with statements of any modifications made to the consultation draft, the reasons for the modifications and any recommendations made by the independent investigator.

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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