APPLICATION FOR: The renewal of a 15 year licence for aggregate dredging in Area 478

Notice is hereby given that Christophe Matton, DEME Building materials limited, Entrance A, Tavistock House North, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HR, has applied to Marine Management Organisation, (MMO) for a marine licence to carry out a regulated activity under the Marine and Coastal Act 2009. The project requires an environmental impact assessment (EIA) consent and is subject to the requirement for an EIA under the Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2007 (the EIA Regulations). An environmental statement has been prepared by the applicant.

The application is to progress an EIA to support a Marine Licence application to apply for permission to dredge aggregates from The Crown Estate Application Area 478. Area 478 is being proposed by DEME Building Materials Limited to meet future market demand.

Copies of the environmental statement and the above documents can be viewed on line in the MMO’s Public Register at

A copy of the application, environmental statement and other documents required by the EIA Regulations are also available for public inspection, free of charge, during normal office hours for at Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne for a period of 42 days from the date of the first notice 06/06/2024.

Copies of the same documents may also be inspected free of charge, during normal office hours and by prior appointment at the offices of the MMO, Lancaster House, Newcastle upon Tyne, during the same period.

If printed copies of the above documents are requested, a charge (not exceeding reasonable copying costs) may be payable.

Representations in respect of the application should ordinarily be made by:

However, we will also accept representations via the following formats:

  • By email to marine.consents@marinemanagement.; or alternatively
  • By letter addressed to Marine Management Organisation, Lancaster House, Hampshire Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7YH.

In all cases, correspondence must:

  • Be received within 42 days of the date of the first notice (06/06/2024);
  • Quote the case reference MLA/2023/00497; and
  • include an address to which correspondence relating to the representation or objection may be sent.

Representations received from members of the public will be dealt with in accordance with Schedule 5 of the EIA Regulations. Copies of written representations received by MMO will be sent to the applicant and may also be made publicly available. The MMO is an appropriate authority under the EIA Regulations. In determining the application, the MMO as appropriate authority will make the EIA consent decision for the project. The MMO will also make a decision whether to grant regulatory approval (for a marine licence) under Part 4 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009.

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