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North West

These proposed draft policies are in development and are not a consideration when in drafting applications or making a decision. You can comment on these policies through our online questionnaire and workshops.

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.

Issues and evidence workshops

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Call for Issues with Supporting Evidence. We have analysed the responses and they have been used in the development of iteration 1.

Development of iteration 1

The MMO have produced iteration 1 for the north west marine plan areas. Iteration 1 is an update on progress of marine plan development and a chance for you to provide comment and feedback on the team’s findings.

This is the first step in the development of the marine plan for the north west. A timeline for the production of the marine plan can be found in the Statement of Public Participation.

Policies in development

The policies below are in development and have been drafted considering the issues raised in the evidence and issues gathering workshops. Issues often link to national or international policy and apply across more than one plan area. It may be appropriate to address such issues with a common policy. Where we feel a common policy could be used to address an issue in the north east we have drafted a policy based on experience in the east Marine Plans and the draft south Marine Plan. You can view all of the issues identified for the north west marine plan area that are addressed by policies developed for other plan areas access the issues database.

Using the marine plans

Until this marine plan is adopted you should use the Marine Policy Statement, which is the relevant policy document to be used when making decisions and proposals. 


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