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North West

The north west marine area includes two plan areas, the north west inshore and the north west offshore marine plan areas.

The north west inshore marine plan area covers an area of approximately 1,280 kilometres of coastline stretching from the Solway Firth border with Scotland to the River Dee border with Wales, taking in some 4,900 square kilometres of sea.

The north west offshore marine plan area includes the marine area from 12 nautical miles extending out to the seaward limit of the Exclusive Economic Zone, a total of approximately 2,200 square kilometres of sea.

Our first products (Iteration 1)

In Spring 2017 we consulted on our first products of the process that will lead to the development of the north west marine plans. Thank you for your contribution to the development of these products. We provided example marine plan policies and a digital format for consideration. Feedback on this material is helping us develop marine plans.

We will provide further material as the plan develops.  The next full round of public engagement, on our Iteration 2 products, will be in the first part of 2018. A timeline for marine plan production and an overview of our approach is in the Statement of Public Participation.

Using the marine plans

Until this marine plan is adopted you should use the Marine Policy Statement. The Marine Policy Statement is the relevant policy document for use when making decisions and developing proposals.


Your local marine planning contact in these plan areas is Sam Wright located in the Preston Office.