4.5 Coastal cells and Shoreline management plans

In recent years, Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs) have been advocated as potentially useful documents for establishing sustainable coastal defence policies for specific lengths of coastline. Routinely these are based on natural divisions of the coastline, called coastal cells. The benefits of this strategic approach to erosion management are explained in detail in the SNH report The Potential Application of Shoreline Management Planning to Scotland (J Hansom et al., 1999). In addressing erosion on specific dune systems, the coastal manager should ensure that their management proposals are in keeping with any SMP which may exist for that area (see Figure 6.2).