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MCZ Consultation

MCZ Consultation

Defra has launched the consultation about the designation of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). The intention is to engage with everyone who has an interest in the marine environment and coastal communities. It is the opportunity for people to influence the decisions on how and where many MCZs are designated. Consultation started: 13 December 2012 Consultation ends:... read more »

South Coast next Marine Plan

South Coast next Marine Plan

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has announced that the coast and seas from Dover to the River Dart in Devon will be the second area in England to benefit from marine planning. This will obviously include the Solent and the peninsula coastline. To read more follow this link to the... read more »

Good Beach Guide 2012

Good Beach Guide 2012

The silver anniversary edition of the Good Beach Guide, launched online by the Marine Conservation Society, has recommended 516 out of 754 (68%) UK bathing beaches tested last summer as having excellent water quality; this is a rise of 8% more than last year and the best in the... read more »

Flooding

Flooding

For information about flooding and other emergencies see Chichester District Council's website: Flooding Sandbags For more information about flooding, including road closures, see the West Sussex County Council website: Flooding Flooding and road closuresread more »

Special Protection Areas for Seabirds

Special Protection Areas for Seabirds

The EU Birds Directive requires the UK government to identify a network of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) to protect Europe’s rarest, most vulnerable and regularly-occurring migratory birds. Whilst the suite of SPAs on English land is well-established, further work is required to complete a network at sea in order to... read more »

Drought Update

Drought Update

The Environment Agency has produced a national update of the current water  situation in the UK. Despite being the wettest April on record, the South East of England is still considered to be in a drought due to the lack of rainfall during the last  couple of years. However the situation... read more »

Sea Tree

Sea Tree

The Sea Tree is intended to be a floating structure moored out in the water by a cable. Designed by Dutch architect Koen Olthuis from the Waterstudio, the tree is comprised of a series of layers for use as homes by plant and animal species both above and... read more »

National Planning Policy Framework

National Planning Policy Framework

The final version of the National Planning Policy Framework for England has now been published.  The document sets out the Government’s planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied. It sets out the Government’s requirements for the planning system only to the extent that it is... read more »

Floating Not Flooding

Floating Not Flooding

Planning permission was granted in February 2012 for a property described by its architect as the UK’s first ‘amphibious’ house. According to Baca Architects, the firm behind the plans, an amphibious house is a building that “rests on the ground on fixed foundations but, whenever a flood occurs, the... read more »

Public Values of the Marine Environment

Public Values of the Marine Environment

'Public Perceptions of Europe’s Seas – A Policy Brief' is a European survey on what the public values in terms of the marine environment and governance. One of the authors, Dr Tavis Potts, Scottish Association of Marine Science says: ‘The report presents the results and key highlights of a... read more »

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