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Marine Planning Iteration 3 Update – February 2019

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Marine Planning Iteration 3 engagement is an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the preferred draft policies produced as part of the marine planning process in the North East, South East, North West and South West areas.

Iteration 3 online engagement is open until Friday 29 March 2019. This is the most comprehensive way to view and provide comments on the Iteration 3 products.

Small bay with lapping waves under grey skies.

You can access the survey relevant to your area below:

We’ve also developed story maps, which detail progress on the plans to date and provide more information on the marine plan vision for your area.

Harbour with lots of small fishing boats moored.


Our Iteration 3 workshops kicked off in the North East. Nearly 70 people, representing a wide range of sectors, participated in workshops held in Newcastle and Redcar.

Feedback on the workshops was very positive with Newcastle attendees commenting that they “really valued the positive approach taken by the MMO to engagement.” In Redcar they observed that it was “fantastic to have such a diverse group in the room.”

Two images showing delegates sitting around tables.

Other comments from stakeholders said the workshops were “extremely useful,” had “increased understanding” and they appreciated that “the positive effect of the marine economy was recognised.”

Last week we were talking to people in the South West with around 150 attending workshops in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. A great mix of stakeholders attended and we co-chaired with Devon Maritime Forum in Totnes and Severn Estuary Partnership in Taunton. The workshops were extremely productive with a lot of energy in the rooms. We received very good feedback on our engagement and we gathered a lot of information to help shape the marine plan policies for the South West.

Three images showing delegates sitting around tables having conversations.

The online engagement and workshops provide the ideal opportunity to check progress towards the development of the plans. You can sign up for our upcoming workshops in the South East and North West below:

Marine Planning Iteration 3 engagement workshops

Area Location Venue Date  
South East Chelmsford County Hotel 12 February Sign up
South East Chatham George Hotel 13 February Sign up
North West Carlisle Tullie House 27 February Sign up
North West New Brighton Floral Pavilion 28 February Sign up

You can find more information on marine planning on GOV.UK and if you want to talk to us please contact:

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