The Southampton Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management Strategy, formerly known as the Coastal Defence Strategy, is a non-statutory document providing a high level basis for decision making and action related to the long term management of the coastline.
The strategy appraises a range of coastal defence options to determine the most beneficial and cost effective method of managing risks such as flooding, erosion and sea level rise. It focuses on a smaller geographical area within the overarching Shoreline Management Plan, therefore provides a more detailed assessment of the risks affecting the coastline.
The options for coastal management identified within the strategy range from major engineering projects to construct new or improve existing defence structures, to minor works on individual properties to make them flood resistant. It must be recognised that for the building and maintenance of defences is dependent on the securing of Government funding and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
Following the detailed appraisals and development of the preferred options, the Draft Southampton (Redbridge to Woodmill Lane) Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management Strategy was issued for public consultation. A three month consultation period was held providing all stakeholders and members of the public the opportunity to review the Strategy and provide feedback.
Following the consultation, which closed 31st January 2012, all comments and recommendations received were reviewed and incorporated during the confirmation of the preferred options, and a revision of the final Strategy.
The Southampton Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management Strategy was finalised in January 2013 and is now available to view and download from this webpage.