Maritime Spatial Plan(s)
Ireland adopted its Maritime Spatial Plan, the National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) in June 2021. The NMPF is the overarching framework for decision-making that is consistent, evidence-based and secures a sustainable future for the marine area.
A web map portal was also launched to link planning within the Maritime area to the relevant policies for each marine sector or activity listed in the National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF). The site has 4 main sections: Activities Map, Activities, Policies Map and MSP Hub. This last section hosts the MSP newsletter which is published on quarterly basis.
Latest MSP developments
Ireland is in the process of implementing its maritime spatial plan, including the designation of Marine Protected Areas, and the development of Offshore Wind Farms.
The National Industrial Strategy for Offshore Wind is expected to be published early 2024.
The EU MSP Directive is transposed into national legislation by way of regulations made in 2016 (SI 352 of 2016). Since the regulations were made under the European Communities Act 1972, they were strictly limited to measures required to transpose the Directive. In October 2018, the regulations were repealed and replaced by Part 5 of the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018.
National MSP Authority
Ireland’s competent authority for MSP is the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH)
Marine Planning Policy and Development Section
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH)
Wexford Y35 AP90