The Marine Planning System Martyn Youell Senior Marine Planner
MMO High level summary – 2 years on― New chairman appointed – Sir Bill Callaghan― CEO appointed – James Cross― Government spending review with 20% reduction in overall budget by operating year 4― Manpower has risen from 196 in 2010 to 267 today, will increase to 330 ― Planning increasing from 17 to 22 ― Licensing increasing from 33 to 46 with more to come― MMO has delivered on corporate plan for reporting period 2010/11 and is on target to deliver this reporting period
First Marine Plan Areas Selected – where and why?
Stakeholder engagement• Statements of Public Participation (SPP) - informs people of how and when they can become involved, engagement opportunities, and what we will do with responses - published April 2011 - signed off by Government (Secretary of State, Defra)• Nationwide stakeholder engagement, e.g. - Government departments, Public service bodies - Sector representative bodies, relevant fora• Local stakeholder engagement - Links with Marine Conservation Zone projects, R3 wind development - Work with existing partnerships - Individual interests and groups
2. Data and Evidence Marine Planning Portal • Online tool for stakeholders to interact with the planning process.Through the portal the user can...• View existing data from the evidence base• Comment on the data we are using• Suggest a new dataset to the planning team http://planningportal.marinemanagement.org.uk
3. Policy• National e.g. Marine Policy Statement• Local Authority Development Plans• Other e.g. strategies
Progress on marine plans― October 2010: selected the first two marine areas for the production of marine plans – East inshore and offshore― April 2011: Planning begun – Statement of Public Participation― February 2012: published the Evidence & Emerging Issues Report ― Data and information associated with plan areas ― Information and issues collated from stakeholders ― Assessment of national plans and policies ― Assessment of local plans and policies― April 2012: Draft Vision & Objectives Report― Autumn 2012: submission of draft plan to Government
Key messages from ‘Draft Vision &Objectives for East Marine Plans’reportFisheries context― High social and economic value locally― Export value of shellfisheries highlighted― Displacement from grounds is of high concern to the sector― Call for stock monitoring in response to the effects of climate changeKey Issues• Competition for space• Access to grounds• Environmental effects of trawling and displacement• Coastal community benefits
Key messages from ‘Draft Vision & Objectives for East MarinePlans’ reportAquaculture Context― East inshore has high proportion of England’s aquaculture― Locally important in economic value― Growing industry – local food movements― East area high potential for growthKey Issues• Potential for co-location• Site availability• Availability of investment• Environmental quality
Plans will act and contribute in three distinctways― Where there is good data and compelling Prescriptive reasons the plans may be prescriptive planning ― Oil and gas fields of high potential― Where data may not be robust or simply because retaining flexibility is key we will add Signalling value through signalling and guidance & ― Work on cumulative effects Guidance― For the first time gathering economic, environmental and social data in one place where it can be analysed ― We plan on gathering recreational data that will Data & Analysis help increase knowledge
Plan led regulation - bringing planning andlicensing together― Plan led regulation streamlines the process of consenting when applications are in accordance with the plan― Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies use marine plans leading to more efficient engagement ― Example is the coordinated approach to cumulative effects― Plans lead to greater transparency of future scenarios with less issues being left to ‘case by case’― The granting of licences acts as an important feedback loop for the marine plan, improving and developing the picture over time.
Reminder of changes in Marine LicensingApril 2011 changes Pre application New streamlined licensing process Screening ― FEPA and CPA replaced by Marine Licence Scoping ― Marine Licence now for the full life of a project not just during construction Investigation and ― New proportionate fees structure introduced preparation ― Formal appeals process through the Planning Submit Inspectorate ― Front loaded discussion – pre application Consult and review ― New IT means a better experience for applicants, consultees and interested parties Decision Appeal
Better regulation― We are committed to clear and proportionate regulation― We will ensure consistency in the scientific advice we are given through an evidence QA system― The Red Tape Challenge – water and marine theme― Our public register is above and beyond the basic standard ― All major cases are summarised on our website, together with all correspondence related to that case
MMO Decision Making Hierarchy1. The MMO should ensure that its decisions meet statutory requirements under UK and EU legislation.2. The MMO should ensure that its decisions are consistent with its obligations under international law.3. The MMO should make decisions that are in accordance with the Marine Policy Statement and the relevant Marine Plan.4. Where the relevant legislation allows, the MMO should, wherever possible, make an integrated assessment of environmental, social and economic issues in order to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development.
Licensing performance Duration of time to issue consents No. of Total Applications consents average Application Fee Band received granted Time frame Number (weeks) 0 - 5 weeks 59 5 - 10 weeks 39Band 1a 59 10 - 13 weeks 7 13 - 20 weeks 2 20 - 30 weeks 0Band 1b Tier 1 (Fast track) 81 140 107 30 - 40 weeks 0 4.7 0 - 5 weeks 5Band 2a 105 5 - 10 weeks 36 10 - 13 weeks 15Band 2b 16 13 - 20 weeks 8 20 - 30 weeks 2Band 2c Tier 2 (Routine) 9 130 67 30 - 40 weeks 1 10.1 Tier 3Band 3 (Bespoke/Complex) 66 66 25 Too early 11.1
How we will improve it― Closer working with SNCB’s on standard ‘repeatable’ licences― Greater implementation of a risk based approach ― Focus our effort where it is needed― Greater transparency on where a licence is in the process and what action is currently taking place― We will always note however that sometimes it does take time to work through issues to achieve a sustainable result.
Still working on it…- Marine Conservation Zones and Marine Licensing - Conversations ongoing on the establishment of the point at which ‘material consideration’ must be given to ‘potential’ MCZs (affects both planning and licensing)- Devolved Administrations - Cross border working (including on harbour orders) requires further work to streamline - Instances where the desire to streamline has been there without the clarity of how this streamlining happens in law