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Dumfries & Galloway Shoreline Management Plan (SMP)

Dumfries & Galloway Council are the Responsible Authority for the development and implementation of the Dumfries & Galloway Shoreline Management Plan (SMP).

This Shoreline Management Plan was originally produced in 2005 and is now being updated to further develop the understanding of flooding, coastal erosion, wave overtopping and the current coastal protection along the Solway coastline.

RPS Consulting Engineers have been appointed by the Council to develop the new Dumfries & Galloway Shoreline Management Plan. This plan will establish a robust, evidence-based and long-term sustainable approach for managing the risk of coastal flooding and erosion along each part of the Dumfries and Galloway coast and is expected to take two years to complete. It will help to develop an understanding of coastal issues and identify where further work may be required to mitigate against flooding by highlighting constraints and opportunities for sustainable use of the coastal zone.

A digital copy of the Shoreline Management Plan from 2005 can be found here:

More information on the Shoreline Management Plan will be added to this site when it comes available through the Plan development process.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

The Dumfries & Galloway Shoreline Management Plan has been identified as requiring a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), as there is the potential for significant environmental effects from implementing the Plan. An SEA Screening exercise was undertaken in September 2019 with the consultation authorities for SEA in Scotland, which identified the potential for direct, indirect and cumulative effects in the short, medium and long term on all SEA environmental topic areas from alteration of management of the Dumfries & Galloway shoreline.  In November 2019 Dumfries & Galloway Council made the determination that they would undertake SEA of the Shoreline Management Plan.  The SEA Determination Letter for the Shoreline Management Plan can be viewed in the Dumfries & Galloway office ( Dumfries & Galloway Council, Kirkbank House,English Street, Dumfries DG1 2HS and Ashwood House, Sun Street, Stranraer DG9 7JJ) and a digital copy be found here:

As part of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) process for the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) an SEA Scoping Report has been developed. The purpose of this Scoping Report is to provide sufficient information on the Dumfries & Galloway SMP to enable the environmental consultees to form an opinion on the appropriateness of the scope, format, level of detail, methodology for assessment and the consultation period proposed for the SEA Environmental Report.

The SEA Scoping Report was sent to the environmental consultees in Scotland and England for comment in March 2020. Other stakeholders and the public are welcome to comment on the SEA Scoping Report, which can be accessed below.

Comments on the SEA Scoping Report, received by Friday 8 May 2020, will be taken into account in development of the SEA Environmental Report.

More information on the SEA of the Shoreline Management Plan will be added to this site when it comes available through the Plan development process.

Engagement Events

There is a series of engagement events planned which will take place throughout the study. The first of these events took place in January and February 2020 and was for the 'Baseline Information Review'.

The next engagement event will take place in March and April 2021 and is to provide information on the 'Preferred Policies' for each Policy Unit along the Dumfries and Galloway coast.

As a result of the COVID-19 restrictions, the events will happen virtually at this point.

Members of the public are now invited to visit the Virtual Consultation Room to find out more about the Shoreline Management Plan and to review the Preferred Management Policies for each section of the Dumfries and Galloway coast. The documents will be available for review until 21 April 2021 and can be accessed at

There will also be an opportunity to provide feedback on the work and proposals to date and to leave any ideas, suggestions or local information that will assist the Project Team.

A Communications Plan has been completed (this will be a working document and will be subject to change as the scheme progresses) and this is attached for information to demonstrate how the Community will be part of the development of the new Plan.

In addition, an Engagement Strategy to reflect the challenges during COVID-19 has also been completed. Again this is attached for reference and any suggestions or ideas are welcome on this document and the proposals contained therein.

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Page last updated: 30/03/2021
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