High-level strategies for managing coastal flood and erosion risk are set out in shoreline management plans (SMPs), with detailed consideration of different options for managing the coast provided in coastal strategies.
A rolling review of SMPs covering the whole of England and Wales is currently underway. Local authorities and the Environment Agency are reviewing each of the 22 SMPs and a significant part of this process is a three-month public consultation.
Coastal strategies are the next stage and look at shorter sections of coast in more detail than the SMPs. The strategies consider different options for managing the coast and are subject to significant public consultation. This provides the public with the opportunity to make suggestions and discuss the issues and proposals in more detail.