Coastal defence and protection schemes can include major civil engineering undertakings and require many years of planning, site investigations, impact assessment and most importantly the support of the community. We only build new structures where we can clearly justify that they will reduce flooding, are cost effective and environmentally acceptable.
Schemes rely heavily on the work that precedes them and are the end result of the three tiered approach to coastal management. The Shoreline Management Plan identifies the high level need for the scheme, the coastal flood and erosion risk management strategy assesses in more detail the various defence options available and the coastal scheme is the 'on the ground' construction work, for example; building of sea walls, revetments, groynes or beach nourishment. For more information on beach nourishment, click here.
Click on the map to find out more about thepast, current and schemes.