Vision and objectives

The UK Government published its shared high level objectives for the marine area in 2009 (HM Government, 2009) and published its pre-consultation on the draft Marine Policy Statement in 2010 (HM Government, 2010). These documents provide the overarching policy framework within which marine plans will need to be prepared.


Good spatial plans provide clarity in what they are intending to achieve. This can be articulated through an overarching vision and a clear set of objectives to inform development of individual policies and proposals. There are a range of experiences of objective setting from terrestrial spatial planning and from early marine plans.