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Shoreline Management Plan 7

Shoreline Management Plan 7
(Previously Sub-Cell 3C)


Lowestoft Ness Point

Lowestoft Ness Point
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Lowestoft Ness
to Felixstowe Landguard Point

A Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) is a large-scale assessment of the risks associated with coastal processes which seeks to reduce these risks to people and the developed, historic and natural environments. An SMP determines the natural forces which are shaping the shoreline to assess how it is likely to change over the next 100 years, taking account of the condition of existing defences. The SMP develops policies outlining how the shoreline should be managed in the future, balancing the scale of the risks with the social, environmental and financial costs involved, and avoiding adverse impacts on adjacent coastal areas.

This SMP was known previously as SMP Sub Cell 3C and is now named SMP 7 owing to a decision to renumber SMPs sequentially clockwise from the North East.

The preparation of an SMP is the responsibility of the operating authorities responsible for managing the coastline. In Suffolk these organisations are Suffolk Coastal District Council, Waveney District, EDF Energy and the Environment Agency – in association with Natural England and Suffolk County Council.

The first generation Shoreline Management Plan for the Suffolk coastline, between Lowestoft and Felixstowe, was completed in 1998, covering a length of coastline of approximately 72 km. This SMP was reviewed by Haskoning UK Ltd for Suffolk Coastal District Council as lead authority for the operating authorities. Terry Oakes Associates Ltd project managed the development of the new SMP on behalf of SCDC.

The review was undertaken fully in accordance with and following the methods set out in the Government’s publication “Shoreline Management Plans Guidance, Volumes 1 and 2. March 2006” (available here).

As policies within the SMP will create adverse effects on sites of international nature conservation importance, it was necessary to prepare a Statement of Case (SoC) for Imperative Reasons of Overriding Public Interest (IROPI) for approval by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This provides evidence that no feasible alternatives exist and that compensatory measures are secured. The SoC was prepared by the Enviroment Agency during 2010 and approved locally in October 2010. It was submitted to the Secretary of State for review and that process was concluded in the summer of 2011.

Confirmation of approval of the SoC was provided within the final formal approval of the SMP by the EA's Regional Director on 22nd August 2011. Subsequently the SMP was formally adopted by the operating authorities and published in Spring 2012.


Landguard Point

Landguard Point


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