Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) use the
latest science to achieve sustainable policies on the coast.
Waves and tides move sediment along the coast.
This means events at one location impact the shoreline elsewhere.
For example, building defences at certain locations might have
adverse knock-on effects down the coast.
Areas within which sediment circulates
are called sediment cells. The coastline of
Wales has a number of them.
The Government is committed to producing plans
for each sediment cell. It has identified them as a high level
target for the Environmental Agency and for Local Authorities with
coastline within their boundaries.
The first generation of Shoreline Management
Plans (SMPs) in Wales were based on MAFF / Welsh Office guidance.
These had many weaknesses, and revised guidance was
A second generation of Shoreline Management
Plans – which will take rising sea levels into account –
will be produced in Wales over the next few years.
Who produces Shoreline Management Plans?
Many groups come together to discuss SMPs. CCW plays a
vital role in emphasising geomorphical, biodiversity and landscape
issues. Coastal district authorities and other bodies with coastal
defence responsibilities are also involved.