Ayrshire Shoreline Management Plan

RPS are presently assisting North and South Ayrshire Councils in the development of a Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) for the Ayrshire Coastline

The SMP is required to provide guidance to operating authorities and regulatory bodies as to future sustainable flood and coastal erosion risk management. This will provide an agreed high level approach, intent and framework for management and demonstrate the compliance with the requirements of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.

Key details

Project name:

Ayrshire Shoreline Management Plan


North and South Ayrshire Councils 


Scotland, UK

Services provided:

  • Modelling
  • Coastal engineering
  • Design criteria studies
  • Maritime infrastructure
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  • Appropriate Assessment (AA)
  • Stakeholder management
  • Project communications


The SMP will for the first time consider all of the processes prevalent along the Ayrshire Coastline as a whole. It will consider the environmental, economic and cultural heritage considerations and propose an overall strategy to manage competing needs of stakeholders and the public.  



In the assessment of options and policies the SMP will take account of future anticipated climatic change, the future land use requirements of the growing population along the Ayrshire coast and the opinions and requirements of the local communities.


  • Review of existing information and research for the Ayrshire Coastline and Firth of Clyde.
  • Detailed hydrodynamic modelling of the Firth of Clyde to establish the tidal and littoral current regime.
  • Establishment of the wave climate.
  • Joint probability and extreme value analysis.
  • Sediment transport modelling.
  • Climate change impact analysis.
  • Recommendation of strategic options for the management of the coastline.
  • Production of a SEA and AA.
  • Management of Stakeholder and Public communications and engagement

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