Proposals for development should demonstrate in order of preference, that during construction and operation:
- they will not adversely impact tourism and recreation activities
- how, if there are adverse impacts on tourism and recreation activities, they will minimise them
- how, if the adverse impacts cannot be minimised, they will be mitigated
- the case for proceeding with the proposal if it is not possible to minimise or mitigate the adverse impacts
- This policy seeks to minimise adverse impacts of development, both during the construction and throughout the operational phase, on tourism and recreation.
- Types of issues that may be considered and addressed within a proposal but are not be limited to:
- construction performed during the low season (autumn and winter) with consideration for over wintering mobile species (birds)
- the impacts to amenity through noise or light disturbance and the effect this will have on tourism, recreation and coastal communities
- the impacts to water quality and the local marine environment
- any navigational constraints for recreational activities which include the use of personal water craft
- seascape (please refer to the seascape section - character and visual resource – for more information)
- any impacts on inshore fishing and the strong links it has with many popular coastal resorts
- Where land-based impacts are identified as part of any proposal in the marine plan areas, it may be beneficial to consult with the appropriate decision maker and terrestrial planning authority as guided by 'A coastal concordat for England' where appropriate.