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Preparing the SMP


The development of the SMP is divided into a number of stages, outlined below:

Stage 1 - Scope of the SMP
Initiate SMP
Agree Client Steering Group membership
Decide approach to produce SMP
Decide scope of work to produce the SMP
SMP Definition
Confirm SMP and study boundaries
Identify any outstanding study requirements for the SMP
Agree form of SMP
Define Stakeholder Engagement
Define stakeholder engagement strategy
Identify stakeholders, status and details
Contact Elected Members
Consultation Tasks
Contact stakeholders and inform them of SMP process
Seek info/data
Review defined issues
Objective setting
Policy Scenario 17 December, 2010
Preferred Policy Decision
Draft SMP Approval in principle
Draft SMP consultation
Agreement to changes to SMP
Feedback to consultees
Define public consultation strategy
Data Collation
Initiate data collection process and obtain data for the SMP; metadata
Data management
Initial review of data
Additional Investigations
(if required)
Determine estuary limits (if necessary)
Undertake any modelling/process analysis (if necessary)
Update defence information (if necessary)
Undertake Heritage Review (if necessary)

Stage 2 - Assessments to Support Policy Development
Baseline Understanding of Coastal Behaviour and Dynamics
Assess coastal process and evolution
Assess coastal defences
Develop Baseline Scenarios for 2025, 2055, 2105
'No active intervention' (NAI) assessment (defences no longer maintained and will fail)
'With present management' assessment (defences are maintained to provide existing level of protection)
Mapping of predicted shoreline change
Define Features, Benefits and Issues
Produce theme review and map spatial data
Identify key features and issues (relevant to flood and coastal defence)
Identify benefits provided by features
Define Objectives
Determine objectives (for policy development)
Review and agree issues and objectives
Identify Flood and Erosion Risks Use NAI assessment to assess risks
Assess Objectives Evaluate relative importance of objectives
Review and agree objective evaluation
Strategic Environmental Assessment

Stage 3 - Policy Development
Define Policy Scenarios
Identify key policy drivers
Identify potential policy options
Develop policy scenarios for assessment
Policy Scenario Assessment
Assess shoreline interactions and responses
Assess achievement of objectives
Preferred Scenario Identification
Review scenario testing to agree selection of preferred policy scenario and Policy Units
Define Policy Units
Agree preferred policies
Confirm Preferred Scenario
Sensitivity testing
Economic assessment
Draft SMP Document Preparation Draft SMP document
SMP appendix preparation

Stage 4 - Public Examination

Gain Approval in Principle Consult elected council members
Confirm Consultation Strategy Identify consultation method
Define consultation response management
Prepare Materials Produce SMP draft document/s for consultation
Prepare any additional materials
Public Consultation Conduct consultation activities
Collate consultee responses
Assess consultation responses

Stage 5 - Finalise Plan

Determine Revisions to Draft SMP
Determine extent and impact of any changes required
Get agreement to changes
Prepare Consultation Report
Feedback to consultees
Develop Action Plan
Review policy statements to identify where and when works are expected
Develop a prioritised programme of Strategies and an outline of potential future schemes
Establish any actions that will be required to resolve uncertainties
Establish any actions that may be necessary to deal with the consequences of the plan
Finalise SMP
Finalise SMP documents
Adoption of the SMP
Link to Planning
Populate national SMP summary database
Submit adopted plan to Defra Regional Engineer for agreement

Stage 6 - Plan Dissemination

Publicise SMP Make the SMP accessible
Publicise SMP completion.
Implementation of the Plan Implement action plan programme of identified studies

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