Two documents have been produced by JNCC giving information on Marine Conservation Zones and the work to designate them, and one which outlines the different types of Marine Protected Area. PDFs versions:
One of the issues Natural England highlighted in the early development of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill was the need to ensure join up between planning on land and at sea. A recently published report for Natural England, the Environment Agency, Countryside Council for Wales and National Trust examines the current and future practice of planning at the coast in the context of marine planning being introduced in the Bill and recent changes to planning on land.
The integration of marine planning with the well-established system of land-use planning presents a unique opportunity to develop a holistic approach to managing coastal environments but could also result in duplication and confusion if not implemented effectively. The study identifies opportunities and also the key obstacles to integration and sets out a series of recommendations which seek to maximise benefits in relation to the remits of the project partners.