The Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government has published for Consultation the Draft Marine Planning Policy Statement.

Image of the front cover of the Cover of Marine Planning Policy Statement issued by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Cover of Marine Planning Policy Statement issued by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government issued on 10th June 2019.

The Draft Statement which invites submissions up and until midday on Friday, 9 August 2019 describes the existing components of Ireland’s marine planning system; the vision for the future development of Ireland’s marine planning system; the overarching policies and principle and; sets out high-level priorities for the enhancement of the marine planning system in Ireland.

The policy statement sets out a number of initiatives which are under way which should radically transform and modernise Ireland’s marine planning system so that it is more integrated, fully plan-led, clearly structured and user friendly for all marine stakeholders.

The introduction of a new national marine plan – the National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF) is a critical part of effecting this transition, as will be the Marine Planning and Development Management Bill, (formerly known as the MAFA Bill).

The NMPF will serve as a parallel to the National Planning Framework, setting out the Government’s long-term planning objectives and priorities for the management of our seas over a 20-year time frame. A draft NMPF is expected to be published in Q3 2019 with the final plan due before end 2020.

The Government is also developing new legislation to modernise elements of the marine development management and enforcement systems. The Marine Planning and Development Management Bill 2019 (formerly the Maritime Area and Foreshore (Amendment) Bill) will, introduce powers for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to put in place statutory marine planning guidelines (parallel to statutory planning guidelines under Section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000).

The statement sets out the following priorities for an integrated marine planning system.

a). An up-to-date, robust legislative framework
b). An integrated marine forward plan as a parallel to the National Planning Framework
c). Greater awareness and understanding of the marine planning system / marine planning processes
d). Transparent and fair decision-making
e). Robust Governance and enforcement systems to support quality marine planning outcomes

For more information please contact the Fehily Timoney Energy & Planning Team at info@nullftco.ie.

 

 

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