This document is aimed at marine plan users (applicants and decision makers), it takes a hypothetical example, from the development of a proposal, through a marine licence application, to a licensing decision. It complements and illustrates the guidance provided in the marine plan documents, using the South Marine Plan as its appropriate marine policy document.

This document presents an illustrative hypothetical example of how marine plans may be used in the context of section 58(1) of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 whereby all authorisation or enforcement decisions must be made in accordance with the appropriate marine policy documents. It does not provide step-by-step instructions. If you would like to provide feedback on the document, please email

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