Proposals that deliver sustainable tourism and/or recreation related benefits in communities adjacent to the East Marine Plan areas should be supported.
- This policy supports proposals that deliver tourism and/or recreation related benefits through their proposal, either directly – the primary purpose of the application is tourism or recreation – or indirectly – new tourism or recreation activities are an additional benefit, alongside the original purpose of the development, such as an offshore wind farm or port expansion.
- It may be beneficial for a proponent to demonstrate how they are proactively supporting tourism and recreation development. This could include, but is not limited to:
- the general diversification of activities, particularly where they are accessible all year round
- providing slipways
- coastal footpaths
- ensuring coastal access
- wildlife watching
- adding to or improving existing tourism facilities and opportunities like visiting heritage assets or areas of historic environment
- sustainable tourism and recreation activities which incorporate improvements in the quality of the natural environment
- New forms of tourism and recreation should not harm what currently exists, rather sit alongside and complement it.