This guidance is aimed at people responsible for defining and managing the production of SMPs and those carrying out work to produce these plans.
The guidance is split into two volumes:
- Volume 1: this defines an SMP and what it should include.
- Volume 2: this provides guidance on how to produce an SMP in line with the requirements in volume 1.
- Volume 2 appendices: this is a CD-ROM of technical appendices supporting the approaches recommended in volume 2. It sets out methods to help in producing an SMP, including examples of some of the methods used when developing this guidance.
A shoreline management plan (SMP) is a large-scale assessment of the risks associated with coastal processes and helps to reduce these risks to people and the developed, historic and natural environment.