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Environment

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 UK’s marine environment is extremely rich and varied, supporting a wide range of species of national and international importance. It provides vital ecosystem goods and services including provision of food and regulation of the climate. A healthy marine ecosystem is fundamental to supporting sustainable development,providing wide social and economic benefits.

Please use our interactive map to view and combine marine plan policy data.

SE-BIO-1

Proposals that may have significant adverse impacts on natural habitat and species adaptation, migration and connectivity must demonstrate that they will, in order or preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts.

SE-BIO-2

Proposals that incorporate features that enhance or facilitate natural habitat and species adaptation, migration and connectivity will be supported.

SE-BIO-3

Proposals must take account of the space required for coastal habitats where important in their own right and/or for ecosystem functioning and provision of goods and services. Proposals must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate for net loss of coastal habitat.

SE-BIO-4

Proposals must demonstrate that they will avoid reducing the distribution and net extent of priority habitats.

SE-BIO-5

Where appropriate, proposals for development should incorporate features that enhance biodiversity and geological interests.

SE-DIST-1

Proposals, including in relation to tourism and recreational activities, within and adjacent to the north east marine plan areas must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference 
a) avoid
b) minimise 
c) mitigate significant cumulative adverse physical disturbance or displacement impacts on highly mobile species.

SE-MPA-1

Proposals must take account of any adverse impacts on the objectives of marine protected areas and the coherence of the overall marine protected area network, with due regard given to any current agreed advice on an ecologically coherent network.

SE-MPA-2

Proposals that may have adverse impacts on an individual marine protected area’s ability to adapt to climate change and so reducing the resilience of the marine protected area network, must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate adverse impacts.

SE-MPA-3

Where statutory advice is provided that marine protected area site condition is deteriorating due to climate change, a suitable boundary change will be supported where consistent with other policies in the plan

SE-MPA-4

Until it becomes possible to assess the coherence of the marine protected area network, proposals should demonstrate they will not prevent the future inclusion of identified features within the network.

SE-NIS-1

Proposals must put in place appropriate measures to avoid or minimise significant adverse impacts on the marine area that would arise through the introduction and transport of non-indigenous species, particularly when:
1) moving equipment, boats or livestock (for example fish and shellfish) from one water body to another 
2) introducing structures suitable for settlement of non-indigenous species, or the spread of invasive non-indigenous species known to exist in the area.

SE-UWN-1

Proposals generating impulsive sound, must contribute data to the UK Marine Noise Registry as per any currently agreed requirements. Public authorities must take account of any currently agreed targets under the UK Marine Strategy part one descriptor 11.

SE-UWN-2

Proposals that generate impulsive sound and/or ambient noise must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts on highly mobile species
d) if it is not possible to mitigate significant adverse impacts, proposals must state the case for proceeding.

SE-WQ-1

Proposals that may have significant adverse impacts upon habitats and species that can be of benefit to water quality must demonstrate that they will, in order or preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts.

SE-WQ-2

Activities that can deliver an improvement to water quality should be supported wherever practical.