My officials have identified the potential funding required for a relocation, which will be taken into account when 2009-10 budget allocations within DEFRA are agreed.
The one-off funding required for the relocation will be very similar for any of the short listed locations—although ongoing costs such as accommodation will vary between locations.
The business criteria, which all have the same maximum weighting, used in arriving at the short list for the location for the MMO HQ were as follows:
Location in terms of wider Government agendas on Relocation (Lyons and Economic Deprivation);
Proximity to Marine Stakeholder Clusters;
Proximity to Institutions with Marine Specialisms; and
Good transport links in particular to key stakeholders and Brussels
The Quality of Life criteria include education, cost of housing, unemployment, health care and crime and these also shared the same maximum weighting for this criteria.
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) will have the powers necessary to authorise most developments in the relevant marine areas, including coastal barrages, but with some exceptions, such as ‘nationally significant infrastructure projects’ as defined under part 3 of the Planning Act 2008.
Nationally significant infrastructure projects will be handled by the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) established under the Planning Act. As the centre of marine expertise, the MMO will advise the IPC on proposals for nationally significant infrastructure projects and other developments which may affect the marine environment.
The MMO will have a particular role in advising the IPC on conditions that should be imposed to mitigate any adverse impact any development may have on the marine environment or other uses of the sea. The MMO will also be responsible for the subsequent monitoring and enforcement of developments approved by the IPC.