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Aims and Objectives

 

Aim of the Shoreline Management Plan

SMPs aim to determine sustainable policies for management of the shoreline management and to set a framework for the future management of erosion and flood risks along the coastline. 

An SMP sets policies for three epochs:

(a) present day (0-20 years);
(b) medium-term (20-50 years); and
(c) long-term (50-100 years).

Objectives of the Shoreline Management Plan

The objectives of an SMP need to be in line with the Government's strategy for managing risks from floods and coastal erosion and it should:

  • set out the risks from flooding and erosion to people and the developed, historic and natural environment within the SMP area;
  • identify opportunities to maintain and improve the environment by managing the risks from floods and coastal erosion;
  • identify the preferred policies for managing risks from floods and erosion over the next century;
  • identify the consequences of putting the preferred policies into practice;
  • set out procedures for monitoring how effective these policies are;
  • inform others so that future land use, planning and development of the shoreline takes account of the risks and the preferred policies;
  • discourage inappropriate development in areas where the flood and erosion risks are high; and
  • meet international and national nature conservation legislation and aim to achieve the biodiversity objectives
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 17 December, 2010 ht 2006. www.defra.gov.uk

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