An integrated approach to planning, management and protection
A formal system of marine planning must allow all legitimate marine activities and uses to be considered
While the UK's marine areas have been subject to multiple use for many years, the situation in some areas is becoming increasingly complex, with competing and potentially conflicting demands for space.
For industry, this often results in uncertainty, delays and increased costs associated with marine developments and the delivery of the social benefits that they bring. A formal system of marine planning must allow all legitimate marine activities and uses to be considered, guided by national objectives and the associated policy framework. There are two issues to tackle.
First comes the need to build a body of knowledge about the dynamics of the marine environment. Second, improving the planning system so that it is better informed, more efficient and delivers decisions more quickly.