The way we need to manage, develop and conserve our marine resources and coastal lands is underpinned by principles of ecologically sustainable development (ESD).
Proposals for new development or substantial changes to land use near the coast are referred to the Coast Protection Board for comment. The Board will notify the planning authority of any aspects of a proposal that conflict with its policies.
The Board considers whether a proposal will impact on coastal qualities such as coastal vegetation, coastal reserves or beaches. They also assess whether coastal processes would be affected and the extent of impact.
In extreme cases, the Board can direct against a development.
For example, if a development would cause erosion and there were no measures in place to alleviate this, the Board would advise the planning authority of this.