The Scoping Study for the future of the Solent-wide network of strategic environmental sites has now been completed.
This study has been co-ordinated by the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership and fully funded by Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) from Defra, via the Environment Agency. Technical input has been provided jointly by Atkins and Jacobs Engineering with significant input from a wide network of stakeholders.
Need for the Study
This study was commissioned to deliver two key priorities identified by the North Solent Shoreline Management Plan (NSSMP). Furthermore the study will look at the scope of work required to address some of the broader environmental issues within the Solent. The multi-faceted issues that form barriers to Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk decision making have also been considered in order to help inform future coastal management across the Solent.
The two priorities that this study addresses are outline below:
NSSMP Priority Action No.2: "Investigate mitigation measures required arising from flood risk management works for maintaining function of Solent-wide network of high tide roost sites".
NSSMP Priority Action No.3: "From a flood risk management works perspective, undertake further studies to identify and understand the location, features and function of the Solent-wide network of high tide roost sites (as far as it is identified) and the likely consequences on the ability of the network to continue to function if one or more sites were to be damaged or lost (through managed or unmanaged realignment) linked to flood risk management works”.
The stated aim of the Study is:
“To fully scope the requirements for a future detailed study on sustaining and enhancing the integrity of the Solent-wide network of strategic environmental sites. This will have an emphasis on high water roost sites and identify key influences that impact strategic land use”.
The outputs provide a summary of the current situation highlighting the main Solent-wide issues, together with an action plan setting out the key activities required to address a number of coastal management issues associated with high level roost sites and shoreline management.
More information about the specific objectives of the study can be found in the related documents section on this page, which is underneath the main menu.
The next step will be to hold a meeting with all of the Stakeholders involved in Scoping Stage to discuss how the action plan is taken forward.
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