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  1. 1. International MSP Symposium 16th May 2012 Marine Planning in England What are we learning? Paul Gilliland Marine Planning Development Manager
  2. 2. Outline • What and why • Legislation and high level policy • Where and when • Costs and resourcing • Evidence, analysis, research • Stakeholder engagement • Defining key issues • Outputs/outcomes • Challenges • Lessons
  3. 3. Why do we need marine planning? Overarching driver – Increasing and competing use of marine space and resources, impacting on the sustainability of the marine environment
  4. 4. Perceived benefits but also expectations • Sustainable use of marine resources • Greater certainty for investors/developers • Improved basis for addressing cumulative effects • ‘Regional seas’ governance (ecosystem approach) • Proactive and forward planning • Plan for new activities and changing technologies • Framework for consistent decision making • Cohesion with coastal and terrestrial plans (ICZM) • Early involvement of stakeholders (“democratic deficit”)
  5. 5. Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 • Long lead in time and preparatory work • Supported by main political parties (commitment) • Complex piece of legislation – Licensing, Fisheries, Nature Conservation, Coastal Access, Marine planning  “be careful what you wish for” • Marine Management Organisation (April 2010) • Planning, licensing, fisheries, conservation delivery • Cross-government ‘agency’ (£) • Dedicated ‘core’ planning team (long haul) + in house support • Deliberately recruit from different backgrounds • New organisation!
  6. 6. The legal requirement for marine planning • Aim: contribute to and help deliver sustainable development. • Integrated approach (important message) • across environmental, economic and social factors • across sectors (including interactions, policies) • with other plans (including terrestrial) • Marine Policy Statement (MPS): the overarching policy framework for the UK marine area (UK Govt and Devolved Administrations) • Marine Plans will translate the MPS into detailed policy and spatial guidance for each plan area (MMO, SoS) • All plan ‘areas’ (sub-divisions around the coast) • Guide and direct decision makers, including Licensing • No timetable prescribed but report/review every 3-6 years
  7. 7. Marine Policy Statement • High level framework which should ensure consistency • 22 Goals (High Level Marine Objectives): • Achieving a sustainable marine economy • Ensuring a strong, healthy and just society • Living within environmental limits • Promoting good governance • Using sound science responsibly • Strategic environmental, social and economic considerations • Policy objectives for key activities/sectors • Generally broad (only explicit target is for renewables) • No a priori prioritisation  to be done at plan level
  8. 8. Where and when Boundaries • Limit of tidal influence to ‘EEZ’ • Potentially very wide scope and variation in level of detail Overall timetable • Estimate 2 years for each plan (2.5 if ‘examination’ required) • Assume two at a time • Complete first cycle by 2021 • Evaluate ≤ 3 years  Review? Reassessed recently, end date unchanged but overlap (lead in time)
  9. 9. East marine plan areas 58,700 km2 Timeline (two years) Inshore and Offshore • Dec 2010: Announce, prep 2 plans, 1 process (87%) • April 2011: Start • Feb 2012: Evidence & Issues • May: Draft Objectives/Vision • July: Options • Sept: draft plan to government • Jan 2013: consultation • April 2013: revised Relentless  share ‘lead’ role; more time to pause? Developing whilst doing  take longer the first time?
  10. 10. “Show me someone that’s never made a mistake and I’ll show you someone that’s never made anything”  a difficult message to get over and work around
  11. 11. Resource planning : Costs (and Benefits) • ‘Impact Assessment’ of planning vs ‘do nothing’. Benefits: • Best estimate: £487 million [$779m] over twenty years • Environmental benefits difficult to quantify • Savings to business sectors, e.g. activity costs • Costs • £2.7 million [$4.3m] per plan (all elements, e.g. Staff > evidence gathering > Sustainability Appraisal > consultation) • £0.54 million [$0.86m] per review (assumes 20% of original costs) every six years • Resources : core funding from UK government • Too early to judge but for now £ seems less limiting than time • Demands may fluctuate over time but ‘same’ resource
  12. 12. Technical Evidence and analysis • National: Strategic Scoping Report • The ‘big picture’ to set plan area in context • Includes analysis of potential future opportunities • Inform plan-level objectives (and priorities?) • Research: Various gaps but timing a challenge • Co-location • Recreation interests: distribution • Cumulative effects • Socio-economic study: help to understand the impact of marine planning on different types of coastal community • East inshore and East offshore data & information • Substantial data collation /presentation
  13. 13. Technical data collation and GIS analysis • Building on existing projects, e.g. MCZs, SEA, CP2 • Working with organisations & data sharing where possible • Local stakeholders input: • Data, verification • On-line marine planning portal • GIS analysis (iterative, simplify) • Methods • Integration
  14. 14. Stakeholder engagement – plan areas •• Local stakeholder engagement Statements of Public Participation (SPP) -- informs people of how and when they can become involved Individual interests and groups -- published April 2011 Work with existing partnerships, links to other projects (eg MPAs) -- signed off by Government (Secretary of State, Defra) No formal bespoke structures or groups - Liaison officers + range of meetings, workshops, events
  15. 15. Participation and Consultation • December 2011 workshops • Three locations, ~150 participants • Marine planning focus inc. ‘Key issues’ • Interactive, various ‘tasks’ inc. Futures • 90% positive feedback (84 returns) • The process is as important as the product • Different ways to communicate, e.g. • Drop in sessions • 3 D model
  16. 16. Getting to the point • Evidence on Key activities, social, economic & environmental interests • Emerging Issues • For sector delivery, other sectors, and sustainability • Several hundred • Vision and Objectives report • 58 ‘headline issues’ • Distil further • Stakeholders to refine? • More evidence for some?
  17. 17. We have Not got all the answers to everyone’s problems
  18. 18. Clarifying/Reassuring - Planning outputs/outcomes Planning Prescription  & Decisions Change over time? Planning Signals & Guidance Increase over time Evidence Collation  & Analysis
  19. 19. Some headline lessons learnt • Political commitment is critical • Legislative basis almost certainly essential • (Dedicated planning body) with a core team is essential • A framework of principles, goals/objective and policies is a good start, some prioritisation is even better • Need allocated resources preferably over a sustained period • Try to focus - on the key issues, prioritised evidence • Need a timetable but also some flexibility if possible particularly in the early days • Stakeholder engagement - different means, be creative • Do NOT underestimate the challenge, however good your planning it will probably take more time and more effort
  20. 20. Portal: Email: Marine Planning team Local Flamborough Head to Skegness 01472 355112 The Wash to Weybourne 01502 573149 Sheringham to Felixstowe 01502 573149 Marine Planning team Newcastle 0191 376 2790