DEFRA study floats options for UK marine planning system

A review of international experience of marine spatial planning conducted for the Environment Department (DEFRA) has come up with the key elements needed for a UK system. Drawing strongly on UK land-use planning practice, it recommends a regional and objective-driven approach. Meanwhile, WWF has drafted a marine Bill to provide a framework for marine spatial planning and protection of environmentally important sites.

Pressure has been mounting for a fundamental overhaul of UK marine environment law. The current framework has been criticised by developers, NGOs and government agencies alike as too complex and inadequate to meet international commitments on nature conservation (ENDS Report 355, pp 51-52 ).

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