Dr Shaun Nicholson, Head of Marine Licensing at the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), explains more about the decision-making process for applications and how the public can have their say on proposed activities.
We appreciate there is often a lot of interest in our role in making decisions on marine licence applications – proposed activities under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.
It’s crucial we give people the opportunity to input into our decision-making. However if you want to have your say it’s important that you get involved at the right point in the legal process we follow and provide the right information.
The marine licensing process
Once a marine licence application has been received by the MMO the stages it generally follows are:
- Analysis and decision-making
- Decision notification and publication of documents on the public register
Falmouth Harbour development
With regards to proposed activities for Falmouth Harbour, Cornwall we are currently carrying out a 'shadow' Appropriate Assessment as part of our normal pre-application engagement on proposed major developments. This pre-application engagement is a preliminary view which will be subject to full consultation, with our advisers and members of the public, at the appropriate time in the application process.
Marine licensing consultations
We require marine licensing applicants to place public notices in relevant local media advertising their proposed activities and giving details of how people can have their say.
When applications are open for public consultation details are also published online on the Marine Licensing public register. This includes the dates for the consultation period and the means to submit your comments and evidence.
We also use our Twitter account to highlight cases where consultations are due to close. Follow us @The_MMO.