CONSULTATION ON THE PROPOSED MARINE PLAN FOR NORTHERN IRELAND

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Afairs (DAERA) is consulting on the proposed Marine Plan for Northern Ireland.

Across the UK, new systems of marine planning have been introduced. The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCAA) and the Marine Act (Northern Ireland) 2013 (The Marine Act), require DAERA as the Marine Plan Authority (MPA), to prepare marine plans, which will facilitate the sustainable development of the Northern Ireland marine area.

The Marine Plan for Northern Ireland is a single document made up of two plans, one for the inshore region under the Marine Act (Northern Ireland) 2013 (The Marine Act) and one for the offshore region under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCAA).

The Marine Plan (when adopted) will be used by public authorities in taking decisions which affect or might affect the marine area, including authorisation or enforcement decisions, and decisions that relate to the exercise of any function capable of affecting the marine area.

DAERA are seeking views from all interested parties on the content of the Marine Plan; which is accompanied by a Sustainability Appraisal Report; Habitat Regulations Assessment Reports; Equality Impact and Human Rights Screening Exercise; Regulatory Impact Assessment; and the Rural Needs Impact Assessment.

The consultation will run until the 15 June 2018.

Marine Plan Team
Marine and Fisheries Division Klondyke Building
Cromac Avenue
Malone Lower
Belfast BT7 2JA
Telephone: (028) 9056 9262
Email: marineplanteam@daera-ni.gov.uk

Responses should therefore reach us by no later than 5:00pm on Friday, 15 June 2018.

Copies of the consultation documents are available by visiting the Consultations section of the DAERA website – (https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/consultations).

You may also request hard copies of these documents by writing to the address below or telephoning (028) 9056 9262. Alternative formats of the documents are also available on request.

How to Respond

If you wish to take part in the consultation of the draft Marine Plan, you can respond by using one of the following methods:

1) You can respond online at the Northern Ireland Hub – Citizen Space via

https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/consultations

2) By writing to:
Marine Plan Team
Marine and Fisheries Division Klondyke Building
Cromac Avenue
Malone Lower
Belfast BT7 2JA

3) By e-mail: marineplanteam@daera-ni.gov.uk

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