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The South Inshore and South Offshore Marine Plan areas were the second two marine plan areas to be selected in England.

The South Inshore Marine Plan Area covers an area of approximately 1,700 kilometres of coastline. This area extends from mean high water springs out to 12 nautical miles, stretching from Dover to the river Dart incorporating 11,000 km. The South 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 10,000 km2.

Public consultation on the South Marine Plans closed on the 27th of January 2017. Responses to the consultation have been thoroughly analysed and revisions have been made to the plan in accordance with the process described in our Statement of Public Participation.

The marine plans are now in a pre-adoption period as they progress through sign-off procedures. The plans at this stage remain a relevant consideration for the licensing of activities within the South Marine Plan Area.  

Using the marine plans

The draft South Marine Plans and the Marine Policy Statement and should be considered by decision makers and applicants when undertaking an activity within this marine plan area.


Your local marine planning contact in these plan areas is Neil Amos in the Portsmouth Office and Mathilda Evans in Shoreham.