Marine Plans

The South East Marine Plan

Published June 2021 by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) the South East Inshore Marine Plan provides guidance for sustainable development from Felixstowe in Suffolk to near Folkestone in Kent

Marine planning addresses the key issues for the marine area, including the coast, estuaries and tidal waters, as well as developments that impact on these areas. The plans include a vision, objectives and detailed policies on how these objectives will be achieved. Marine plans are used by public authorities as part of the decision making process for all new activities and developments in or affecting the marine area.

South East Inshore Marine Plan Area


Marine plans address the key issues for the area, setting a vision and objectives. Detailed policies set out how these will be achieved and how issues will be managed or mitigated. The policies inform decision-making for any activity or development which is in or impacts on a marine area.

The MMO’s Explore Marine Plans tool supports decision-makers and applicants using the South East Marine Plans. It includes an overview of each plan policy by sector and a searchable map of relating data and evidence.

In developing the South East Inshore Marine Plan, they also published:

  • habitats regulations assessment
  • sustainability appraisal
  • approach to monitoring
  • modification report

Marine plans place sustainability at the centre of all decisions. The Sustainability Appraisal (SA) provides an independent assessment of economic, social and environmental sustainability.

Following this consultation in accordance with the Marine and Coastal Access Act (S15 (7)), the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) are required to publish statements detailing any modifications made to the consultation draft and the reasons for the modifications. The south east plan areas Statement of Public Participation describes how the MMO will analyse all responses to the consultation and produce a summary report setting out comments received, and changes made to the plans as a result. The purpose of this document is to summarise:

  • engagement process on the consultation draft
  • responses received, provide an overview of the levels of agreement with the plans supporting sustainable development and compliance with the Statement of Public Participation
  • changes made from the consultation draft to the South East Marine Plan and Technical Annex


The Marine planning process in the south east

South East Marine Plan

More information about marine plans

Latest marine environment & marine planning newsletter (MMO)


Our local South East plan MMO marine contact is Marie Canny:

Mobile: 0791 7594331