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1.1  North West England and North Wales Shoreline Management Plan 2

What is this document?

A  Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) provides a large-scale assessment of the risks associated with erosion and flooding at the coast. It also presents policies to help manage these risks to people and the developed, historic and natural environment in a sustainable manner. SMPs form an important part of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) strategy for managing risks due to flooding and coastal erosion ( Defra, 20061).

The first generation of SMPs were completed for the coastline of England and Wales about ten years ago and are now being reviewed to ensure that they take account of the latest available information and our current understanding of flood and coastal erosion risks.

Defra (2006). Shoreline Management Plan Guidance. March 2006

What area does the SMP2 cover?

This document is the second generation Shoreline Management Plan (SMP2) for the shoreline which extends between Great Orme’s Head in North Wales and the Scottish Border. This area, also known as Cell 11, is shown in Figure 1. The North West England and North Wales shoreline includes a number of large estuaries and is sub-divided using the following boundaries:

  • Sub-cell 11a: Great Orme’s Head to Southport Pier (including the Clwyd, Dee and Mersey Estuaries);
  • Sub-cell 11b: Southport Pier to Rossall Point (including the Douglas and Ribble Estuaries);
  • Sub-cell 11c: Rossall Point to Hodbarrow Point (including the Wyre, Lune, Kent, Leven and
                           Duddon Estuaries);
  • Sub-cell 11d: Hodbarrow Point to St.Bees Head (including the Ravenglass Estuary Complex)
  • Sub-cell 11e: St. Bees Head to the Scottish Border (including Morecambe Bay and the Eden estuary)

 Figure 1: Map showing the shoreline of North West England and North Wales included in this SMP2SMP map

1.2  The Role of the North West England and North Wales Shoreline Management Plan 2

What is a Shoreline Management Plan?

This Shoreline Management Plan (SMP2) is a non-statutory, high level policy document for coastal flood and erosion risk management planning. It takes account of other existing planning initiatives and legislative requirements, and is intended to inform wider strategic planning2. In accordance with PPS253 and TAN154 regional and local planning authorities must, consider SMP policies when formulating their statutory land use development plans.

The SMP2 sits at the top of a hierarchy of Strategy and Scheme plans that the Environment Agency and Local Authorities use to plan their work to manage coastal risks, as explained in Table 1 below.

 Stage Aim   Delivers  Output  Outcome

Shoreline Management Plan (or Catchment Flood Management Plan)

 To identify policies to manage risks


 To identify appropriate schemes to put the policies into practice


What is a Catchment Flood Management Plan?

Catchment Flood Management Plans (CFMPs) are similar policy level documents to SMPs, setting out sustainable management plans for river catchments