The coast between Durlston Head near Swanage and Rame Head near Plymouth, which includes East Devon, is covered by a Shoreline Management Plan (SMP). This is produced by the South Devon and Dorset Coastal Advisory Group.

 The objectives of the SMP is to:

  • Improve our understanding of coastal processes
  • Work in partnership with all interested organisations and the public
  • Prepare a setting for the long term planning of coastal defences

 The shoreline management plan gives an overall strategy for this area of coastline which is implemented through more detailed studies such as beach management plans or coastal protection projects.