Public consultation on the draft North West Marine Plans

The public consultation on the draft North West Plans, that opened on 14 January 2020, is due to close in two weeks on 6 April 2020.

We recognise that the ability of some consultees to respond might be affected by the current health emergency. If, as a result, you have any concerns about responding within the consultation period, please let us know at It would be preferable if you could let us know before close of play, Thursday 26th March so we can then consider how best to help and support you.

Representations to the consultation on the draft plans, and the supporting draft Sustainability Appraisal reports, can be made using the online Citizen Space tool at the following links:

Draft North West Marine Plan consultation

This is a very significant stage in the development process as a draft marine plan becomes a statutory consideration in all relevant decisions affecting the marine area once it is published for public consultation. Public authorities are responsible for implementing the relevant Marine Plans for their area, through existing regulatory and decision-making processes. As well as public authorities, all applicants, third parties and advisors should also consider the draft Marine Plans. Proposals should conform to all relevant policies, taking account of economic, environmental and social considerations.

Full details of marine planning in England can be found on the Marine Management Organisation website.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Team at if you are having any issues completing the consultation.