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Social and Cultural

Marine plans have an important role in helping to realise social benefits across the marine plan areas. Opportunities exist to improve people's wellbeing through promoting activities for healthy lifestyles and helping to reduce deprivation by creating jobs. Ensuring that the natural and historic environment are protected and maintained can help to stimulate investment, support sustainable tourism, engender pride, facilitate a sense of place and promote health and wellbeing.

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SOC1

Proposals that provide health and social wellbeing benefits including through maintaining, or enhancing, access to the coast and marine area should be supported.

SOC2

Proposals that may affect heritage assets should demonstrate, in order of preference:

  1. that they will not compromise or harm elements which contribute to the significance of the heritage asset
  2. how, if there is compromise or harm to a heritage asset, this will be minimised
  3. how, where compromise or harm to a heritage asset cannot be minimised it will be mitigated against
  4. the public benefits for proceeding with the proposal if it is not possible to minimise or mitigate harm to the heritage asset

SOC3

Proposals that may affect the terrestrial and marine character of an area should demonstrate, in order of preference:

  1. that they will not adversely impact the terrestrial and marine character of an area
  2. how, if there are adverse impacts on the terrestrial and marine character of an area, they will minimise them
  3. how, where these adverse impacts on the terrestrial and marine character of an area cannot be minimised they will be mitigated against
  4. the case for proceeding with the proposal if it is not possible to minimise or mitigate the adverse impacts