Opportunities for co-existence should be maximised wherever possible.
- Co-existence means activities can be carried out without significant impediment in the same area. They may be separated spatially (vertically or laterally) or through being carried out at different times.
- Public authorities should ensure that the feasibility of co-existence is taken into account in formulating plans affecting the marine area – including local plans, local development frameworks, shoreline management plans, and river basin management plans and when assessing new development and other activities.
- A proponent may wish to demonstrate the extent to which they will co-exist with other existing or authorised, but yet to be implemented, activities and how this will be achieved.
- A number of users of the marine area have collaborated on good practice guidelines promoting co-existence. One example is 'FLOWW Best Practice Guidance for Offshore Renewable Developments: Recommendations for Fisheries Liaison' (2014).
Reproduced with permission of the Marine Management Organisation, Ordnance Survey, UK Hydrographic Office, Natural England and Environment Agency.
This plan policy references the following data sources:
- East marine plan areas (MMO)
- Heritage coast (Natural England)
- Areas of outstanding natural beauty (Natural England)
- National parks (Natural England)
- Shoreline management plans (Environment Agency)
- River basin management plan districts (Environment Agency)
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