Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018
Requirements of marine spatial planning
70. (1) The Minister shall, for the purpose of marine spatial planning and the preparation of a marine spatial plan—
(a) comply, or ensure compliance, with the requirements of paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 6, and Articles 10, 11 and 12, of the Directive, and
(b) take account of circumstances particular to the North-East Atlantic marine region.
(2) The Minister shall, not later than 6 years after publication of the most recent National Marine Planning Framework, carry out a review thereof and, following the completion of the review, either—
(a) prepare and publish in accordance with this Part and the Directive a new National Marine Planning Framework replacing the first-mentioned National Marine Planning Framework, or
(b) in circumstances where he or she decides not to prepare and publish a new National Marine Planning Framework, prepare and publish a statement setting out the reasons why he or she has decided not to do so.