Shoreline Management Plans: Erosion Risk and Flood Management, 09 October 2018, Lowestoft

Join our one-day course and learn to evaluate how the historic environment comprises a meaningful component in Shoreline Management Plan making.

Who should attend?

This annual course is aimed at professionals involved in coast and marine planning matters. This year’s course will focus more on coastal issues especially engagement in plans, schemes and projects associated with erosion risk and flood management. The course will be of particular benefit to those with responsibility for the historic environment within local authorities, or those planning projects that might affect heritage assets through coastal engineering programmes.

Why should you join this course?

As a result of this training, delegates will have a better understanding of the how strategic planning systems used for coast protection and flood defence include the historic environment as part of decision-making processes.  

An appreciation will also be developed about the relevant action needed to promote an integrated approach that spans the coastal zone.

They will be able to apply this knowledge to evaluate how the historic environment compromises a meaningful component in Shoreline Management Plan making, and will be able to use this to contribute to how policy implementation occurs and projects are designed to deliver responses to identified erosion risk and flood management priorities.


At the end of this course:

  • Attendees will have more knowledge about the planning system used to identify sustainable erosion and flood risk management policies; which parties are primarily responsible; what the opportunities are for participation in the process; and the types of information and data used to inform the process of plan preparation
  • Delegates will be able to understand the science behind projections for climate change and the pressure on coastal defences, and how and why erosion and flood risk adaptation is necessary. Delegates will also understand how Shoreline Management Plans are produced to address erosion flood risk priorities, and how the historic environment needs to be incorporated into the delivery of subsequent schemes and projects
  • Delegates will be able to understand the relevance of considering the implications to archaeological and historic places, and confidently apply this to considerations of how and why policies are selected, and how those policies are delivered
  • Delegates will gain an understanding about our historic environment as found within the contemporary coastal zone, encompassing the full range of archaeological materials and palaeo-environment evidence that can be encountered. Issues will be explored regarding long running survey programmes and interventions that might be necessary given highly dynamic coastal processes
  • The course will include opportunities to debate how the historic environment is included as a meaningful component in both plan making and the decision-making processes for flood and erosion risk management projects, evaluating the role and responsibilities of local and national bodies in promoting marine historic environment interests throughout the SMP process
  • It is therefore the intention that following the course, delegates will include the marine coastal environment within planning policies and decisions, and will be a more effective partner in sustainable flood risk management programmes

Course outline

Pre-course Learning

The majority of our courses now include some pre-course learning. Delelgates will usually be advised of this at least two weeks prior to the course.

Face-to-Face Learning

09:30 Registration & refreshments
10:00 Welcome
10:10 Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) business today
10:40 SMPs and how they take account of the heritage assets
11:00 Break
11:15 Managing the coastal historic environment: Shifting Shores
11:35 Finding the historic environment on the coast – past climates and archaeological materials
12:00 Local authorities and coastal change
12:30 Discussion session: the historic environment, understanding change and SMP policy
13:00 Lunch
14.00 Natural Capital and the coastal environment
14.20 Coastal Partnerships
14:40 Essex Coastal Grazing Marshes and Natural Capital
15.00 Break
15.15 Delivering flood and erosion risk management projects
15.30 Discussion session: Shoreline management project delivery – losses and gain for the historic environment
16.00 Summary of the day and close

Meet the Tutors

Course lead: Christopher Pater, Head of Marine Planning, Historic England.

Assisted by Pip Naylor, Marine Planning Archaeological Officer Historic England.

A concrete gun emplacement eroded onto on beach
The remains of First World War gun emplacement that has fallen onto a beach due to coastal erosion, at Kilnsea, East Yorkshire. © Historic England Archive, Alun Bull, DP169744

Course venue and booking

09/10/2018, The Kirkley Centre, Lowestoft.

Book your place

Learning Resources

Marine Planning Webinar Recording

Coastal Change advice from Historic England

Government Flood Risk and Coastal Change Guidance

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