East Inshore and East Offshore Marine Plans (England)


Marine plans for 2 of the planning regions in England (East Inshore and East Offshore), including sustainability appraisals and other supporting documents.

Application in MSP: 
Applied in an MSP process
Not sector specific
Type of Issue: 
Ecosystem-based approach
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Develop and implement plan
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Marine Strategy Framework Directive
Water Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer

  • What are the marine plans for the East Inshore and East Offshore marine regions in England?
  • What process was followed in developing these marine plans?
  • What supporting work was undertaken?


Implementation Context

The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 established the legal basis for marine planning in England. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is the responsible authority for delivering marine planning in England. England’s marine area was divided into 11 marine regions, with inshore and offshore components which will total 10 plans. The first areas to be targeted for marine planning were the East Inshore and East Offshore Regions.


Aspects / Objectives


To fulfil the requirements of marine policy in England and deliver the first marine plans for the East Inshore and East Offshore regions.


A formal marine planning methodology was carried out to produce the marine plans. An accompanying Sustainability Appraisal was undertaken along with an evaluation of potential economic impacts and development of an Implementation and Monitoring Plan.

Main Outputs / Results

All reports are available online at:




These plans address 2 regions in England, however the East Offshore Plan shares borders with the Netherlands, Belgium and France, hence these plans will be of relevance to the management of transboundary issues. There are lessons to be learnt from the process undertaken by the MMO which will be relevant in other contexts, noting the differences (e.g. governance, resources, primary issues, etc.).

Responsible Entity

Marine Management Organisation

Costs / Funding Source

Marine Management Organisation

Contact Person

Marine Management Organisation

Lancaster House

Hampshire Court

Newcastle upon Tyne


Tel: 0300 123 1032

Email: planning@marinemanagement.org.uk

Website: www.marinemanagement.org.uk