Coastal Flooding & Erosion Risk Management

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has the overall policy responsibility for flood and coastal erosion risk management in England. It relies upon Local Authorities (LA) to then assist and manage their own coastlines and frontages.

LA’s have permissive powers to carry out works to reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion. Whilst the ESCP has the ‘power' to carry out coastal protection works on behalf of the authorities it represents, it only does so where there is sufficient benefits to the public. We act when there is a clear economic benefit to developing coastal defence works, when there is an appropriate engineering solution that is achievable and where environment legislation is not contravened.

Private land owners have ultimate responsibility for protecting their own property from flooding and erosion and they must act within statutory planning regulations and other applicable legislation. For guidance please contact us at info@escp.org.uk

LA’s often work with the Environment Agency (EA) and can seek Grant in Aid from the EA to undertake coastal management projects. The ESCP is a proactive team and we are dedicated to working in the best interest of the public.

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