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Environment Policy S-MPA-1

Proposals that support the objectives of marine protected areas and the ecological coherence of the marine protected area network will be supported. Proposals that may have adverse impacts on the objectives of marine protected areas and the ecological coherence of the marine protected area network must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference: a) avoid, b) minimise, c) mitigate adverse impacts, with due regard given to statutory advice on an ecologically coherent network.

Policy Considerations

  1. Proposals that support the objectives of marine protected areas should include information demonstrating how this will be achieved.  The conservation objectives  for individual sites are provided by Natural England and/or the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and describe whether the condition of features for which the site is designated should be maintained or restored.
  2. Proposals that are likely to have an adverse impact on the features of a marine protected area must demonstrate that they have avoided, minimised or mitigated these impacts and demonstrate that Natural England and/or the Joint Nature Conservation Committee have been consulted. 
  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.
     
  4. Public authorities should assess if proposals support or impact the ecological coherence of the network and seek advice from Natural England and/or the Joint Nature Conservation Committee on a case-by-case basis.