SMPs – Supplementary Guidance for their ongoing maintenance and delivery

Published 28 October 2020

Catherine Wright of the EA’s Flood and Coastal Risk Management team writes:

“We have reached an important milestone in the refresh of Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs), and I am delighted to be able to share with you new supplementary guidance for SMPs:

  • to help ensure they reflect current policy, the latest evidence and sea level rise projections, and
  • to make the management approach for each part of the coast clearer to decision makers.

“SMPs are an internationally recognised approach to sustainable coastal planning. They provide a critical link between the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCRM) Strategy and how we plan and invest locally for a resilient coastline. Their strength lies in their long term view and adaptive approach, and in their firm grounding in evidence and understanding of coastal processes. The new supplementary guidance and health checks will ensure that SMPs build on these strengths – reflecting the latest evidence and further improving their impact and profile.”

SMP Supplementary Guidance Document October 2020

PDF (2Mb) / This document provides guidance on refreshing Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) and supplements the existing 2006 SMP guidance (Defra, 2006).

Catherine Wright is the Director of Data Knowledge and Innovation at the Environment Agency’s FCRM team