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The East Inshore and East Offshore Marine Plan areas were the first two marine plan areas to be selected in England. The planning process for these areas commenced in April 2011 and subsequently adopted by the Secretary of State and published on the 2 April 2014.

As such, the East Marine Plans and the Marine Policy Statement are the appropriate policy documents for proponents and decision makers to refer within this marine plan area. 

The inshore area has a coastline that stretches from Flamborough Head in Yorkshire to Felixstowe town in Suffolk. This area extends from mean high water springs out to 12 nautical miles, including inland areas such as the Broads and other waters subject to tidal influence, and covers an area of 6,000km2. The offshore area covers from 12 nautical miles out to maritime borders with the Netherlands, Belgium and France, a total of approximately 49,000km2.

The East Marine Plan areas are home to the vast majority of England's offshore energy production including oil and gas activity and 89% of Round 3 wind farm sites.  In addition they play host to 77% of the total area licensed for aggregate extraction in England’s waters, as well as major ports, fisheries, aquaculture facilities and marine protected areas.

For any information regarding marine activity in this plan area please contact Stacey Clarke ( based in Lowestoft or Melanie Hudson  ( based in Grimsby.

Any specific questions about the Marine Information System (MIS) or marine planning should be submitted to