Offshore wind farms, fishing and other uses of two areas off the east coast of England will be managed under new comprehensive plans.
From next April, Felixstowe in Suffolk to Flamborough Head in the East Riding of Yorkshire will be developed as marine plan areas. It is part of an effort to effectively manage industries worth approximately £47bn a year to the economy.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has developed the marine planning system, which will be similar to the on-land planning regime. It will promote the sustainable use of English waters and balance competing environmental and economic issues.
MMO head of planning Steve Brooker said: “England’s marine area is extremely crowded in terms of existing activities and the pressure and competition for space are going to increase.
“Marine planning will enable the MMO and others to balance and integrate the vast range of competing activities and aspirations.”
He added it would help the country take informed decisions about the development and priorities for the seas around our coasts.