The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has announced an extension to the deadline for submissions for Public Consultation on the Draft National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF).

The deadline for submissions will now be 12:00 noon on Thursday, 9 April 2020.


Why we are launching this consultation?

The Draft NMPF is Ireland’s first marine planning framework and it applies to a broad range of marine activities including aquaculture, offshore renewable energy, sea fisheries and tourism. It provides a long-term framework for effective management of marine activities and more sustainable use of our marine resources. It is intended to enable Government to set a clear direction for managing our seas, clarify objectives and priorities, and direct decision makers, users and stakeholders towards more strategic, plan-led and efficient use of marine resources.

The NMPF will inform decisions about current and future development of the maritime area, aiming to integrate various sectoral needs within the three overarching pillars of forward planning (economic, environmental and social).

In broad terms the Draft NMPF is based around:

  1. Marine planning objectives
  2. Marine planning policies, and
  3. Supporting actions required to achieve (1) and (2) above.

The plan does not set out a hierarchy of activities. It does, however, set out supporting policies in respect of aquaculture, defence, energy, fisheries, mining and aggregates, ports harbours & shipping, telecommunications cables, tourism, safety at sea, sport & recreation, and waste-water treatment and disposal.

Regional public events are being held to promote awareness and facilitate public and stakeholder participation on the Draft NMPF. Details of the events arranged to date are as follows.

Date Time Venue
12/02/2020 18:00 – 20:00 Arklow Bay Hotel, Arklow, Co.Wicklow

Details for further events to be held in Killybegs, Bantry, Dungarvan, Dublin, and Wexford, will be made available in due course at, Twitter @MSP_Ireland and by email to those on our contact list. In 2019 we visited Limerick, Westport, Galway, and Tralee. 

How to get involved?
Make a Submission

The Department invites submissions on the Draft NMPF. The consultation period closes at 12:00 noon on Thursday 9th April 2020.  You can make a submission by:

Email to the following address only; or

Writing to the following address:

Draft NMPF Submissions,
Marine Planning Section,
Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government,
Newtown Road,
Y35 AP90

Public Consultation on the Draft National Marine Planning Framework

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