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Environment Policy S-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.

Policy Considerations

  1. Proposals that are within (or are likely to impact the features of) a marine protected area should demonstrate that Natural England and/or Joint Nature Conservation Committee have been consulted and show any evidence of potential impacts on a marine protected area.
  2. Proposals must demonstrate that they have considered the potential impact of the proposal on both individual sites and the overall network; undertaken at strategic level for the overall network and at project level for individual sites.
  3. Proposals should show that they have taken into account any relevant MPA assessments, including:
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Habitats Regulations Assessments
  • Regional Environmental Assessments
  • Strategic Environmental Assessments
  • assessments and measures to achieve Good Environmental Status with regard to support the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.