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Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan


The Isle of Wight Council has updated the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) for the 110km coastline of the Isle of Wight, reviewing the original plan published in 1997. The process has involved public participation as the plan developed in 2009 and 2010.


The new Shoreline Management Plan is available in full
on this website and has been approved (May 2011)

Following the 3-month period of public consultation from July to October 2010, the Draft SMP was amended and finalised.

The Final SMP was published in December 2010. It is available in full on this website.

The new SMP has been adopted by the Isle of Wight Council and the Regional Flood Defence Committee and approved by the Environment Agency (May 2011). For further information please click here.

Please click here to view the Final Shoreline Management Plan
Please click here to see how public comments were taken into account in producing the Final SMP.

Click here to see 'What's New'

Introduction to the Shoreline Management Plan:

The Isle of Wight coast will change over the next 100 years due the impacts of marine erosion, ground instability and flooding by the sea. Current levels of risk are likely to increase through greater human activity and development in coastal areas and as a result of the predicted impacts of climate change. Responsibility for management of the Island's coastal defences against erosion and sea flooding is shared between the Isle of Wight Council and the Environment Agency. The Shoreline Management Plan is the means by which these organisations determine the best way to look after the coast in a sustainable way for the next 100 years. It is prepared using guidelines set down by Defra, the Government Department with responsibility for setting national policy for defence of the coastline.

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Residents and interested organisations can register for updates to find out about the detailed proposals, talk to the people involved and contribute their views to decision-making process.

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