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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 south west marine plans. We provided example common marine plan policies and a digital plan format for consideration.  Thank you for your valuable feedback which is helping us develop marine plans.

Our second products (Iteration 2)

We will soon be engaging on our second products of the marine plan development. The marine plan area vision, and options to address remaining issues will be presented for comment on-line and during workshops in Spring 2018. Please subscribe to the Marine Planning Newsletter to receive information on our engagement events here or sign up directly for the Spring 2018 workshops here.

A timeline for marine plan production and an overview of our approach to engagement 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.