Marine Planning

Stakeholder Engagement on Iteration 3 Outputs of the Marine Planning Process

From 21 January until 29 March 2019 the MMO will be engaging publicly on their work to date in the development of the south west marine plans (Iteration 3).

This will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to input towards the development of marine plans in the north west area. The engagement will focus on:

  • preferred draft policies;
  • draft supporting text for policies including on implementation; and,
  • the next steps in marine planning

The online engagement will be the most comprehensive way to view and provide comment on these Iteration 3 products. They also provide an opportunity to consider the products ahead of the workshops being held across the north west area. Workshops will be taking place on 27 and 28 January 2019 as below.

You are cordially invited to join a workshop to see at first hand the MMO’s work on marine planning. To register please click on the links below. SEP is delighted to be at the Taunton workshop and will be co-chairing and helping to facilitate the event.

South west Newquay Sands Resort 05/02/19
South west Totnes Dartington Hall 06/02/19
South west Taunton Taunton Racecourse 07/02/19

The workshops are full day events running from 9.30am – 4.00pm with lunch and refreshments provided. The workshops will all follow a similar structure. After Iteration 3 the next formal opportunity for all stakeholders to comment is intended to be the statutory engagement on the published Consultation Draft marine plans which is currently set down for late 2019.

Please note that registration for each will close a week before the event takes place.

If you have any questions about the workshops, or to discuss the marine plans for the south west generally, please do not hesitate to contact the team on or click on subscribe to receive regular updates on Marine Planning in the south west.



*Brunel’s SS Great Britain, 3rd December 2018*

Time to Explore:  You are invited to sign up to the Severn Estuary Partnership’s workshop to explore cross-border marine planning in the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel in order to inform marine planning practice and the development of associated planning guidance. It will be held on 3rd December in Bristol at Brunel’s SS Great Britain, from 09:45-15:45.

The workshop will aim to explore, in the context of marine planning, cross-border issues between:

  • Countries: Wales and England, and the emerging Marine Plans: the Welsh National Marine Plan (WNMP) and the South West Marine Plan (SWMP)
  • The Land and the Sea: How can we move to a more joined up system?
  • Our Existing Planning Landscape: Coordinating marine plans with other regional, Severn Estuary-focussed plans such as the Severn Estuary Shoreline Management Plan 2 (SMP) and the Severn River Basin Management Plan (RBMP), among others.

The event is aimed at English and Welsh organisations with statutory planning powers, as well as stakeholders with an interest in a wide range of coastal and marine issues and how these might be affected by marine planning.  The workshop will be delivered as part of the Marine Management Organisation’s Enhancing Stakeholder Engagement project, funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

To view the agenda for the day, click here.

For any specific questions about the event, please get in touch with Lucy at

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