Tees MoU Signed

The Tees Estuary Partnership (TEP) achieved a key milestone on 31st October 2017, when it met to sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast SPA and proposed extension, being the first of a series of products produced through the work of the partnership. The MoU has been signed by the regulators (Natural England, Environment Agency and Marine Management Organisation) and is endorsed by the partnership’s Chairman on behalf of the stakeholders. It is intended to give clarity to businesses about operations in and around the Tees Estuary, providing up-front advice on activities that can continue at current levels once the proposed extension of the SPA has been classified. This will inform the future Review of Consents process.

Preparation of the MoU has been managed by the TEP and produced by Natural England with the support of various partners. It will give the required certainty and clarity to industry and provide a single point of entry into the planning process, so that one regulator acts on behalf of the three in terms of provision of advice. The MoU will be formally implemented over the coming month and will be used as a reference document for developers, local authorities and regulators. The annex to the MoU principles (see link below) will be launched this year, along with an implementation plan, and will be shared via this website. We will inform you of the launch date in due course.  Please click here to access the MoU principles.

The TEP Steering Group has a membership which includes many of the large industrial organisations in the estuary, the signatories (Natural England, Environment Agency and Marine Management Organisation), Tees Valley Combined Authority, four local authorities and several conservation NGOs. The process is facilitated by INCA.

The second part of the TEP’s vision for the Tees seeks ambitious outcomes for nature conservation, exploring the development of a Habitat Banking system which will facilitate a wide range of environmental projects and simultaneously enable future developments on the Estuary.