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Properly planned developments can provide environmental and social benefits as well as drive economic development. This is recognised in the economic policies, in the context of sustainable development being an integral part of the way increasing economic productivity and employment benefits are being delivered. More information on sustainable development and how it applies to marine planning can be found in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), the East Marine Plans and the Marine Policy Statement.

Marine planning has a role to ensure that economic opportunities are able to be realised. It can do this by considering proposals in terms of their potential to contribute to increases in employment and productivity of an area.


Proposals that provide economic productivity benefits which are additional to Gross Value Added (GVA) currently generated by existing activities should be supported.


Proposals that provide additional employment benefits should be supported, particularly where these benefits have the potential to meet employment needs in localities close to the marine plan areas.


Proposals that will help the East Marine Plan areas to contribute to offshore wind energy generation should be supported.