This article was previously published on 12 December 2017. It is being reposted ahead of the Plenary debate on the Draft Welsh National Marine Plan on 09 January 2018.
The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 establishes a system for planning in the UK seas. A key aim of the marine planning process is to provide clarity to stakeholders on the areas where different activities are likely to be consented and to resolve as far as possible on a spatial basis, conflicting uses of the sea. This research briefing provides an introduction to marine spatial planning and outlines the current state of progress in Wales, across the UK and Ireland.
New Publication: Marine Spatial Planning (PDF, 1,135KB)
National Assembly for Wales Research Service