Industry and Nature in Harmony

Coastal Concordat

The coastal concordat is a standalone agreement about the consenting phase of development, complementing other government agency led initiatives to promote sustainable growth, including the Defra Network Offer to LEPs, City Deals and Enterprise Zones.

The concordat offers benefits to applicants, regulators and advisors by reducing unnecessary regulatory duplication, providing better sign-posting, streamlining assessments and increasing transparency and consistency of advice.

The concordat approach can be applied to any applications for individual projects, if they:

  • span the intertidal area in estuaries and on the coast and
  • require multiple consents including both a marine licence and a planning permission from the local planning authority.

It will not apply to projects that:

  • are solely terrestrial
  • already have co-ordination mechanisms in place e.g. National Significant Infrastructure projects

For more information see 

10 March 2014

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