Aims and Objectives of the Strategy

The principle aim of the strategy is:

To reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion to people, the developed and natural environment by encouraging the provision of technically, environmentally and economically sustainable coastal defence and protection measures.

Primary Objectives:

  1. To build detail on the work of the draft North Solent Shoreline Management Plan (NSSMP).
  2. To define the coastal flooding and erosion risks to people and the developed, historic and natural environments.
  3. To identify the preferred technically, economically and environmentally sound and sustainable strategic options for managing those risks over a 100 year appraisal period, and define an implementation plan.
  4. To identify the consequences of implementing the preferred policies from the NSSMP.
  5. To balance the needs of people and the environment.
  6. To comply with environmental legislation and identify opportunities for environmental enhancement, allowing where possible the natural process and evolution of the shoreline.
  7. To identify any required schemes, their costs, benefits and associated outcomes measures.
  8. To identify opportunities for broader outcomes. Broader outcomes will be linked to partner initiatives such as regeneration, tourism, recreation and amenity.
  9. To identify opportunities for potential financial contributions through partnerships with the Solent Flood Risk 2026 project, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) and Local Planning Authorities.

Secondary Objectives:

  1. To provide a co-ordinated approach across a range of authorities and organisations managing the coastline.
  2. To link with the neighbouring strategies and utilise existing information for the area where possible.
  3. To encourage awareness and provide support and information to communities to promote adaptation.
  4. To identify Coastal Change Management Areas and residual risks to inform the Local Planning Authority
  5. To inform others so future land use and coastal zone development & management can take account of the risks, time frame of risks and the policies.
  6. To consider opportunities to enhance coastal access.
  7. To inform and feed into the Lead Authority (HCC) local Flood Risk Management Strategy for the area.


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