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Tourism and Recreation Policy S-TR-2

Proposals that enhance or promote tourism and recreation activities will be supported. Proposals for development must demonstrate that they will, in order of preference:
a) avoid
b) minimise
c) mitigate significant adverse impacts on tourism and recreation activities.

Policy Considerations


1.  Proposals should identify what types of tourism and recreation activities take place within the proposal area and include supporting information demonstrating how they will enhance or promote them.  Many tourism and recreation activities are shown within the  evidence base on the MMO's Marine Information System. Please note other evidence available on tourism and recreation activities is available.

2. Proposals must provide evidence which illustates how a proposal may or may not impact tourism and recreation activities.

3. Proposals should avoid causing significant adverse impacts on existing tourism and recreation activities. If it is not possible to avoid impacts they must  be minimised or mitigated, proposals should demonstrate how this will be achieved. For example:
minimise: adjusting the area used or the times of the day or year when activities are operating.
mitigate:  moving the activity or proving support for new activities that generate similar social benefits.
Evidence showing a proposal will enhance or promote tourism and recreation activities is not a substitute for avoiding, mitigating or minimising adverse impacts.

4. Potential impacts include direct and indirect, permanent and temporary, as well as cumulative effects.

5. Organisations that can possibly help identify recreation and tourism activity and may suggest measures to avoid, minimise or mitigate them include: 
- local councils
- central government departments (eg DCMS/Visit England) 
- recreation sector groups (eg Royal Yachting Association)

6.This policy also applies to proposals for change of use of existing static infrastructure that would be subject to relevant licensing and permission processes.


Beach activity

Boat angling

Motor boat activity

Personal water craft

Sailing activity

Scuba diving

Recreational Boating