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Portchester to Paulsgrove Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management Scheme Update
There are currently 361 residential and 108 commercial properties at risk from coastal flooding in Portchester and Paulsgrove. This is expected to increase with the effects of climate change to 662 residential and 141 commercial properties at risk by the year 2115.
The project is being run by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership on behalf of Fareham Borough Council and Portsmouth City Council.
The environmental and engineering consultants CH2M Hill have been appointed to support the outline design of the project design.
Plans to improve coastal flood defences in the area are in development. They will cover the area of coastline between Portchester Sailing Club and Port Solent.
The design of new defences will aim to reduce the risk of flooding and erosion from the sea.
The scheme is currently in the outline design phase. A business case for funding to undertake the detailed design and construction of the scheme is currently being finalised ready for submission to the Environment Agency in August 2017. The delivery of the scheme is dependent on funding being secured from both the Environment Agency and further contributions to the works.
If funding and contributions can be secured, detailed design will begin later this year and further public consultation events will be undertaken during this phase.
Subject to funding, at this stage the first phase of construction is expected to begin in April 2019, and will be undertaken over two years.
Future phases of the scheme will also be necessary, as the current defences will be replaced as they reach the end of their useful life.
Previous Public Consultation
On Thursday 28th July 2016 between 1pm and 8pm, the ESCP returned to the Castle Street Day Centre in Portchester. We would like to thank all who attended and completed our feedback forms.
The public exhibition presented the leading options for coastal defence improvements in the area, and gave visitors the opportunity to comment on the plans.
We had nearly 130 visitors attend the exhibition on 28th July 2016. This was in follow up to the event on 17th March 2016, also at the Castle Street Day Centre, when we were delighted that we had nearly 200 visitors attend. We have written up the findings and feedback received from the July exhibition into a summary report.
Please find a copy of the report by clicking on this link: Exhibition Report
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