MMO: Marine planning: a guide for local councils, provides an overview of marine plans and the marine planning system. It includes information on how marine planning and land-use planning support each other, how the two systems integrate and how the marine plans should be used.

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MMO: We would like your views and feedback on the draft Statement of Public Participation and the draft Sustainability Appraisal scoping report for the next phase of marine plans – the north east, north west, south east and south west marine areas.

The Statement of Public Participation sets out whom, when and how we will engage with stakeholders during the marine planning process. Stakeholder involvement in developing the marine plans is essential, with specialist and local knowledge being central to ensuring the marine plans are robust and meaningful.

The Sustainability Appraisal provides an independent assessment of the marine plans at each stage in their development, ensuring that economic, social and environmental sustainability is at the core of the marine plans. The scoping report is the first stage of the Sustainability Appraisal, setting out what issues the appraisal will consider.

Both consultations ask a short number of questions on the documents and are now open for comment.

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