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May 2011 The new SMP has formally been Approved by the Environment Agency (in May 2011, available here), following completion and Adoption of the new SMP by the Isle of Wight Council and the Regional Flood Defence Committee in December 2010.
April 2011

The Isle of Wight SMP has received Defra's approval that it has met imperative reasons of overriding public interest (IROPI), available here.

In support of this, Appendix L of the SMP (Information to the Secretary of State according to Regulations 49(5) and 51(2) of the Habitats Regulations) is available from the Appendices page of this website.

The Statement to Defra on the role of the Southern Regional Habitat Creation Programme and the Isle of Wight SMP's compliance with the Habitat Regulations is now also available here.

January 2011

Post-Adoption Statement published

The Post Adoption Statement for the Isle of Wight SMP has been published. Click here for details.

January 2011

Appendix M -Statement of Environmental Particulars

Appendix M of the SMP, the Statement of Environmental Particulars, has been published and added to the SMP, also available from the Appendices page of this website.

January 2011

Thank you for your comments on the SEA Addendum

Following the close of consultation on the Addendum on 30th December 2010, Appendix M (Statement of Environmental Particulars) will be published in January recording comments and any changes to the SMP.

17th December 2010

The Final SMP has now been published

Following the 3-month period of public consultation from July to October 2010, the Draft SMP has been amended, and the Final SMP* is now available. The Final SMP has been published in December 2010 and is now available in full on this website.

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.

*This Final SMP is subject to the completion of the Appendix F SEA Addendum after 30th December 2010; after this date, Appendix M (Statement of Environmental Particulars) will be added to the SMP, recording any changes. The Final SMP is also subject to the approval of Appendix L (IROPI case) by Defra, anticipated to occur in January 2011.

December 2010

The SMP2 was Adopted by the Isle of Wight Council on 8th December 2010 and by the Regional Flood Defence Committee on 1st December 2010.

Details of the IWC decision can be found here and here
(or alternatively pdfs are available 1 and 2).

Please see Appendix A for further details.

The SMP forms the basis for a consistent programme of future Strategy Studies and schemes which will be developed to address future flood and erosion risks on the Isle of Wight.

7th December 2010

An Addendum to the Appendix F Strategic Environmental Assessment has been produced on 7th December and we would be grateful to receive any comments you may have on the Addendum over a 3 week period, until 30th December 2010.

This Addendum has been produced following national review to clarify a number of issues. This is a technical procedure to make stakeholders aware of the issues (including a summary of significance of the SMP2 policies and the impacts on the historic environment, and the addition of one Natura 2000 site as a result of public consultation on the draft SMP2). Completion of the SMP is proceeding as planned.

Your comments should reach us by 30th December 2010. Please see page 1 of the document for details of how to submit comments.

Click here to view the Addendum to Appendix F Strategic Environmental Assessment

It is currently anticipated that the SMP will be finalised on this website in December 2010;
However, it will remain subject to conclusion of the Appendix F Addendum comments in January 2011 (with particular reference to the completion of the Appendix M Statement of Environmental Particulars) and also to the approval of the Appendix I IROPI case.

24th November 2010

Consultation comments and replies now available here

The Draft SMP2 consultation period ended 23rd October 2010; Your comments have been considered by the project team and the results are now available.

Thank you very much for the comments and information submitted as part of the 3-month public consultation on the Draft Shoreline Management Plan which took place from July to October 2010.

The Steering Group (including the Isle of Wight Council, the Environment Agency and Natural England) has now reviewed all public comments received against the context of the national procedural guidance governing the development of all SMP's around the country to seek an achievable, realistic and helpful future plan for coastal communities. 

All comments received, both public and from professional reviewers, have been collated and responses have been made to each point.  The comments and responses have now been published in a spreadsheet on the SMP website, available here:

Click here to view and download the Excel Spreadsheet of comments and replies.

Please note: The comments are grouped for each section of the coast (or 'PDZ' -map available here), followed by General comments. The responses from the Steering Group are shown in the column on the right and are colour-coded.

The Steering Group take all consultation comments from Stakeholders into account when determining revisions to the Draft SMP, which is being revised in accordance with the replies and decisions recorded in the comments spreadsheet. The Final SMP will be produced in December 2010 for adoption by the Isle of Wight Council and the Environment Agency Regional Flood Defence Committee and for publication. The final document then has to go to Defra for consideration under the Habitats Regulations before being approved by the Environment Agency's Regional Director on behalf of Defra.

The Steering Group has also revised the SMP "Action Plan" to help to implement the SMP Policies in a locally appropriate manner. The Action Plan will be reviewed periodically (as will the SMP) and this will allow adoption of the plan to suit any changed circumstances in the future.

26th October

Thank you for your Consultation responses

Thank you for all the comments on the draft SMP and the proposed policies submitted during the public consultation period from 23rd July to 23rd October 2010. Consultation is now closed.

The responses are being reviewed by the Steering Group and will be used to develop the Final SMP. All the consultation responses will be posted on this website in November, with replies to each comment. Please check back soon for updates.

The Final SMP is due to be completed and published in December 2010.

22nd September

OPEN: Consultation on the draft IW Shoreline Management Plan continues until 23rd October -We want to hear from you!

The Draft SMP was published on 23rd July for a 3-month period of public consultation, open until 23rd October 2010. The SMP proposes how erosion and coastal flooding risks on the Island can be managed in the future. Now is the time to have your say on the draft proposals. A roadshow of public exhibitions visited Cowes, Ryde, Wootton, Yarmouth and Sandown on 13-17th September. The exhibition is also available to view online at any time, or can be viewed in Ventnor until 23rd October (please see the article below for details -dated 20th September). The exhibition provides a summary of the proposed policies for each area of the Isle of Wight:-

View the exhibition panels here
Read the summary leaflet here (nb. scroll-down in the file for pages 1&2)
Read the Draft SMP here
Sumbit your comments online here

20th September

Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan Consultation
–View the summary exhibition online, or in Ventnor until 23rd October 2010

Thank you to everyone who attended the roadshow exhibitions last week. The exhibitions explained the proposals in the draft plan and provided a chance to talk to the Isle of Wight Council, the Environment Agency and Natural England about the proposed policies in detail. Consultation is open until 23rd October.

If you were unable to attend the exhibitions in Cowes, Ryde, Wootton, Yarmouth or Sandown, the information is still available here!

You can view the exhibition panels online.

The exhibition provides a summary of the proposed policies for each area of the Isle of Wight:-

View the exhibition panels here
Read the summary leaflet here (nb. scroll-down in the file for pages 1&2)

Alternatively, up to 23rd October, the exhibition panels can also be viewed at the Coastal Visitors' Centre on Dudley Road in Ventnor (NB. please tel. 01983 857220 in advance to arrange a time to visit, to ensure the display is opened up when you wish to attend -or email smp@iow.gov.uk).

The Draft SMP was published on 23rd July for a 3-month period of public consultation, open until 23rd October 2010. Please click here for full details and to submit your comments.

September 2010

Articles in 'One Island' Magazine, September 2010

Articles on the SMP consultation and on flood risk can be seen on page 22 of the September edition:
http://www.iwight.com/oneislandmagazine/

Click here to view 'One Island' magazine

10th September 2010

Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan
–Roadshow of exhibitions this week!

We're about to begin a week of consultation roadshows around the Isle of Wight.  We hope to see you there, at the following venues*:-

Monday 13th Sept. – Cowes, Northwood House, 2pm-7pm
Tuesday 14th Sept. –Ryde Castle Hotel, 2pm-7pm
Wednesday 15th Sept. –Wootton Bridge Community Centre, 2pm-7pm
Thursday 16th Sept. –Yarmouth Institute, 2pm-7pm 
Friday 17th Sept. –Sandown Library, 2pm-7pm.

The exhibitions are open from 2-7pm each day, please drop-in and visit at a time that is convenient for you.

Click here (A4-size poster) and here (A3-size poster) to view the exhibition posters.

View the exhibition Poster

*Alternatively, if you are unable to attend the exhibitions, please click on the following links to view the information online instead:

View the exhibition panels here
Read the summary leaflet here (nb. scroll-down in the file to see page 2)
Read the Draft SMP here
Sumbit your comments online here

*In addition, before and after the roadshow, up to 23rd October, the exhibition panels can be viewed at the Coastal Visitors' Centre on Dudley Road in Ventnor (nb. please tel. 01983 857220 in advance to ensure the display is open when you wish to visit, or email smp@iow.gov.uk).

2nd September 2010

Isle of Wight Council Press Release
http://www.iwight.com/home/pressreleases/frmView.aspx?prid=1203

"MOBILE ROADSHOW FOR SHORELINE MANAGEMENT PLAN

Date Published: 02/09/2010

A series of exhibitions about plans that detail the future management of coastal flooding and erosion risks on the Island over the next century will go on display this month.

The proposed Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) is currently available to view and comment on until 23 October online at www.coastalwight.gov.uk/smp and also at Newport Library (Reference Library) and Ventnor's Coastal Visitors' Centre (by appointment by calling 01983 857220).

From 13 September, a mobile exhibition will be touring the Island in various locations, giving detailed information about the plan.

The exhibition will be available at:

13 September: Northwood House
14 September: Ryde Castle
15 September: Wootton Bridge Community Centre
16 September: Yarmouth Institute
17 September: Sandown Library

The exhibitions are open between 1400 - 1900 each day and anyone can visit. They will feature display stands, a full copy of the SMP, consultation response forms and officers who will be able to answer questions.

In addition, up to 23 October, the exhibition panels can also be viewed online at www.coastalwight.gov.uk/smp or are on display at the Coastal Visitors' Centre in Ventnor (please tel. 01983 857220 in advance to ensure the display is open when you wish to visit).

Isle of Wight Council cabinet member responsible for the environment Edward Giles said: "This is a key document for the future of the Isle of Wight's coastline. The area covered by this plan is extremely varied, ranging from key coastal towns and ferry links to natural areas that are protected.

"It is therefore very important that any future proposals to address coastal flooding and erosion risks to our communities and industries create a sustainable future for the Island."

The Environment Agency's Area Flood and Coastal Risk Manager John O'Flynn said: "We have worked closely with Isle of Wight Council to investigate the different options for future management of the Island's shoreline. It is vital that local people are involved and we strongly encourage everyone to view the plans and have their say at one of our exhibitions"

The review of the SMP is being led by IW Council in partnership with the Environment Agency."

23rd July 2010

New Consultation information being sent to Stakeholders

Letters, Summary Leaflets, Consultation Response Forms and full details of the Consultation are being sent to all registered stakeholders, together with an invitation to consulatation events.

We are writing to all individuals, representatives and groups with an interest in the shoreline who are stakeholders in the developing plan, following on from our last public meeting held in Cowes in April.

23rd July 2010

Draft SMP now published!

The Draft SMP has been published on 23rd July for a 3-month period of public consultation. We want to hear from you!
-Please click here for more details.

We are pleased to announce that the Draft Shoreline Management Plan 2 has been prepared and was published on Friday 23rd July for a 3-month period of public examination. The Draft SMP is now available for your comments until 23rd October 2010.

The Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan (SMP2) sets out policies for the management of coastal flooding and erosion risks around the Isle of Wight coastline and estuaries. The new SMP contains proposed policies for the future management of each section of shoreline, looking ahead over the next 0-20, 20-50 and 50-100 years. Many of our Isle of Wight coastal communities are strongly reliant on the shoreline for tourism and marine industries as well as for recreation and enjoyment of the natural environment. It is important that the new SMP supports and balances these interests, but also reflects the challenges as well as the opportunities that are likely to arise in future shoreline management. The Draft SMP explains the process of developing the Plan and the factors that have led to the proposed policies.

A Summary Leaflet, the full Report, Appendices and summary information panels are now available.

  • The Draft SMP is available online at www.coastalwight.gov.uk/smp
  • Alternatively, paper copies of the document are also available to view at:- Lord Louis Library in Newport (Reference Library); or at the Coastal Visitors' Centre in Ventnor (by appointment –tel. 01983 857220).

An SMP2 exhibition will visit venues in Cowes , Ryde, Wootton, Yarmouth and Sandown during the week beginning 13th September (approximately half way through the consultation period).

A Consultation Response Form is available now, please click here for details.

The deadline for comments is 23rd October 2010. Following the end of the consultation period, the results of the consultation will be published and the results will be used to develop the final SMP, due for completion in December 2010. The Final SMP will then seek adoption by the Isle of Wight Council and the Environment Agency Regional Flood Defence Committee.

21st July 2010

Isle of Wight Council Press Release
http://www.iwight.com/home/pressReleases/frmView.aspx?prId=1155

"COASTAL CHANGE PLAN TO GO ON PUBLIC DISPLAY

Date Published: 21/07/2010

A plan that sets out draft proposals for how agencies including Isle of Wight Council will manage coastal flooding and erosion risks in future is being published this week.

From Friday 23 July, members of the public can send in their views on the draft of the New Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) up until 23 October. The SMP can be seen at www.coastalwight.gov.uk/smp from 23 July and also at Newport Library in the reference library. It can also be seen by appointment only at the Coastal Visitors Centre in Ventnor by calling (01983) 857220.

An exhibition will also be visiting various other areas across the Island in September. On Monday 13 September it will be at Northwood House in Cowes before moving to Ryde Castle the following day. On Wednesday 15 it will be at Wootton Bridge Community Centre while on Thursday 16 it will be at Yarmouth Institute. Its final stop will be at Sandown Library on Friday 17 September.

An SMP is a large-scale assessment of the risks associated with future coastal change over the next 100 years. It seeks to reduce these risks to people and the environment and develop policies outlining how the shoreline should be managed in the future.

The review of the New Shoreline Management Plan is being led by the Isle of Wight Council in partnership with Environment Agency.

Full details about the SMP can be found by logging on to www.coastalwight.gov.uk/smp"

Spring 2010

Presentations to the Stakeholder Group now available:

The presentations made at the public meeting held in Cowes on 19th April are now available online.

Please click here for the introduction and a summary of the key risks for the Isle of Wight, and click here for a summary of the SMP decision-making process and the descrition of the objectives and policy drivers for each section of the coast.

May 2010

Article in 'One Island' Magazine, May 2010
http://www.iwight.com/oneislandmagazine/

Click here to view 'One Island' magazine

1st April 2010

Invitation to a public meeting for stakeholders on Monday 19th April 2010, 3pm, Northwood House, Cowes.

Please contact smp@iow.gov.uk or phone 01983 857220 if you wish to attend this meeting on 19th April. Thank you.

The Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) is currently being updated, and will set policy for the management of coastal flooding and erosion risks around the Isle of Wight coastline and estuaries.   We are writing to invite all stakeholders to a public meeting to provide an update on the Shoreline Management Plan review, to explain more about the thinking behind the plan and how it might affect you, your property and key interests.

We are writing to all representatives, groups and registered individuals with an interest in the shoreline who are stakeholders in the developing plan.  If you would like to join this list, please click here. Following our initial data gathering from stakeholders in September 2008 and our subsequent work in 2009, we would now like to invite all stakeholders to a public meeting on Monday 19th April 2010, at 3pm at Northwood House in Cowes.  It will provide an opportunity to hear an update on the progress of the new Shoreline Management Plan and will outline plans for public consultation on the Draft Plan in summer 2010.  The meeting will include sessions for questions and answers and discussion.

An update on the development of the new SMP:  Recent work on the SMP has outlined the natural processes and coastal defence structures that are affecting the changing shoreline and has identified the flood and erosion risks that the Isle of Wight will face in the future if the defences fail.  This has included describing what is at risk over the next 100 years, including residential and commercial areas, infrastructure, sites of natural or historic importance and features, such as beaches, which might be important for 21 June, 2011sed to draft objectives which state the important issues that the SMP intends to support and preserve.  The meeting will outline these key issues and objectives for each area of the coast and will provide a chance to discuss these elements of the work.  After the meeting, the policies will be developed as part of the Draft SMP and published in summer 2010 for a 3-month period of public consultation (from July to September).  The results of the public consultation will then be used to set the final policies and the Final SMP will be completed and adopted in December 2010. 

Topics for the Stakeholder meeting on Monday 19 th April include:

  • The importance of the Shoreline Management Plan for Isle of Wight coastal communities and the work to date;
  • The changing coastline of the Isle of Wight and the challenges of coastal erosion and flooding;
  • The objectives for managing each section of the coast and the key issues in each of these areas, which will be used to set policies.
  • Plans to issue the Draft SMP, including proposed policies, for a three-month period of Public Consultation in July to September 2010.

Please contact smp@iow.gov.uk or phone 01983 857220 if you wish to attend the meeting on 19th April.

The Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan
–An introduction

 About our Shoreline Management Plan:

A Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) sets policy for the management of coastal flooding and erosion risks for a pre-determined length of coast.  SMPs are being prepared right around the coastline of England and Wales .  It is a non-statutory high level document that provides a broad assessment of the long term risks associated with coastal processes and sea level rise and helps to reduce these risks to people and the developed, historic and natural environment. 

The responsibility for management of the coastal defences against erosion and flooding is shared between the Environment Agency and the local Coast Protection Authority, in this case the Isle of Wight Council and the frontage owner.

The fist Isle of Wight SMP (SMP1) was produced in 1997.  Since then significant progress has been made in understanding and mapping coastal processes.  SMP1 was an innovative step forward but it is due for review to ensure full account is taken of latest information, the views of stakeholders and of future challenges.

The review of the Shoreline Management Plan is being led by the Isle of Wight Council and the Environment Agency.  The new Plan will be finalised in December 2010.

About the decisions that need to be made:

The Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan will set policy options for each section of the coastline, as follows: 

  • No active intervention (do nothing) –meaning no investment will be made in coastal defences of other operations other than for safety purposes.
  • Hold the existing line –which means the coast protection authority or the landowner can keep the line of defence as it is by maintaining existing defences or changing the standard of protection.
  • Advance the line –involves building new defences on the seaward side of existing defences.
  • Managed realignment –allows natural physical processes to act on a stretch of shoreline by the removal of existing defences altogether or moving them to higher ground.

The SMP will suggest a preferred policy for each length of coast and it will be important to gauge the response to the proposed policy from the community and from relevant organisations. 

FAQ's can be found on the following SMP page
Frequently Asked Questions


Spring 2010

Spring/Summer work programme 2010

The Steering Group are preparing Stage 3 (Policy Development) of the Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan review, including work drafting significant chapters and appendices of the SMP document.

Following discussions with stakeholders in April 2010, the Draft SMP will be prepared for a 3-month period of public consultation (Stage 4) in July to September 2010.

November 2009

Timetable update

Discissions with stakeholders will continue in 2010 as the SMP is develped, leading up to a three-month period of Public Consultation on the Draft Shoreline Management Plan in Summer 2010. At this stage, full documents will be published on this website and public meetings will be held.

The 3-month Public Consultation is due to take place in approx. July-September 2010, followed by revision and publication of the Final Plan in December 2010.

Autumn/Winter
2009 into 2010

Autumn/Winter work programme (2009 into 2010)

The Isle of Wight Council and the Steering Group are completing Stage 2 of the Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan review in December 2009 & January 2010, working closely with the Environment Agency. This includes a number of reports describing:-

  • the residual life of all current coastal defence structures;
  • understanding shoreline dynamics and coastal processes,
  • interactions with the estuaries;
  • scenarios and maps predicting future change along the coastline a) if no further maintenence is undertaken, and b) if present management techniques continue unchanged;
  • describing and charaterising the land-use, amenity, nature conservation and heritage along the coastline. This describes the Isle of Wight's unique characteristics, diversity and heavy reliance on coastal industries and transport links;
  • spreadsheets identifying all the individual features at risk and issues of concern along the coast, as well as thier importance, which will affect the policy choices.

The proposed policies for managing the shoreline will be assessed against this baseline understanding in January-July 2010.

June 2009

Timetable for publication of the SMP

The Isle of Wight Council and the Steering Group will be working with stakeholders to develop shoreline management policies through Autumn-Winter 2009, in full accordance with national government guidance.

The Draft Plan is due to be published for a 3-month period of public consultation in Spring 2010, with the Final Plan published at the end of 2010.

May 2009

Questionnaire responses help identify important issues

The questionnaires and comments returned in October 2009 by residents and organisations on the coast of the Isle of Wight are being used to inform the development of the SMP. The replies are helping identify the issues and range of features that characterise each section of the coastline that may affect the shoreline management policies to be agreed in 2010.

This process will contribute to an understanding of what is at risk from future coastal change or flooding. It also helps set clear objectives that the shoreline management policy will aim to fulfil.

More information for stakeholders will be provided on this website in 2009 and 2010.

If you would like to register as a new stakeholder please send your contact details to smp@iow.gov.uk. Further information and contact details can be found here.

Spring/Summer 2009

Spring/Summer 2009 work programme

The Isle of Wight Council and the Steering Group are completing Stage 2 of the Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan review, working closely with the Environment Agency. Further work is being undertaken in the estuaries of the Western Yar, Newtown, Medina, Wootton and the Eastern Yar examining the coastal defences, coastal processes and identifying current issues and concerns. Scenarios describing potential coastal change over the next 20, 50 and 100 years (based on the condition of the current defences) are being prepared. The features characterising each section of coast and issues of concern will lead to a set of objectives and discussions with stakeholders. The proposed policies for managing the shoreline will be assessed against these objectives in Autumn-Winter 2009.

December 2008

Responses to the Questionnaire -thank you

Thank you to all the organisations and individuals who returned questionnaires and contributed information about the coast. Over 260 organisations and individuals were contacted to inform them about the SMP review and request their views and information, and the response rate was nearly 40%. The responses are being collated and will be used to inform the development of the Shoreline Management Plan.

A summary list of the organisations contacted can be found here.

October 2008

Your views requested by 31 October 2008

In September letters and questionnaires were sent out to a wide range of statutory and non-statutory organisations, representatives, Town and Parish Councils and other interest groups (including major coastal landowners) in order to ascertain their views on key issues that will be considered in the Plan development process. A list of stakeholders consulted can be downloaded here.

Please respond to this first phase of consultation by 31 October 2008.

The letter and questionnaire are also available here (download letter and questionnaire)

Autumn/Winter 2008

Autumn/Winter 2008 work programme

The Isle of Wight Council and the Steering Group are continuing work on Stage 2 of the Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan review, including: contacting stakeholders and gathering new information; assessing the residual life of existing coastal defences; mapping likely future coastal change; identifying the features and issues that are at risk in the coastal zone; and preparing to assess (in 2009) whether the SMP is likely to have a significant impact on the integrity of European sites (the Natura 2000 network), in line with the Habitats Directive. Letters and questionnaires have been sent out to over 250 organisations to inform them about the new SMP and seek their views, with replies requested by 31 October 2008.
September 2008

Letters and questionnaires sent to Stakeholders

Letters have been sent out to over 250 organisations and people with a role or interest in the Isle of Wight coast to introduce the review of the Shoreline Management Plan. The letter also includes a questionnaire (with pre-paid SAE) to seek your views and ask if you can supply any information on a range of topics that could inform the new SMP. Replies are requested by 31 October 2008.

As the SMP develops we will update these stakeholders with news of all the public consultation days and events. The letter and questionnaire can be viewed here (download letter and questionnaire).

If you would like to sign up as a stakeholder, please e-mail your contact details to smp@iow.gov.uk or tel. 01983 857220. Please click here for more information.

August 2008

Stakeholders to be contacted

Letters will be sent out to a wide range of Town and Parish Councils, Organisations and individuals who may be interested in the Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan, or wish to contribute information to the study.

Please e-mail smp@iow.gov.uk or tel. 01983 857220 with your contact details if you want to be a stakeholder. Please click here for more information.

Further information to follow.

July 2008

Article in 'One Island' Magazine, July 2008
http://www.iwight.com/oneislandmagazine/

"Finding out about shoreline plans"

"A website has been created to keep people up to date about the Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan, which is bring updated to look ahead for the next 100 years.

Work will take place during 2008 and 2009 on agreeing the policies for the plan - which will be led by the Council, along with the Environment Agency, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as well as other organisations and coastal residents.

The website will grow as the project progresses and will include information on how the public can get involved. The final documents will be published in full on the site.

If you are affected by coastal change you can visit the website to sign up as a stakeholder, or provide information for the study.

Public consultations will also be held around the Island as the plan is reviewed, and will be advertised in the local media."

June 2008

Update of the Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan – Website launched

Residents and organisations on the Island's coast can now keep up-to-date with progress on the update of the Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan on the website www.coastalwight.gov.uk/smp   

Work will progress in 2008 and 2009 on agreeing the policies for managing the Island 's shoreline over the next 100 years, led by the Isle of Wight Council in conjunction with the Environment Agency, Defra and a wide range of organisations and coastal residents.  The SMP review follows guidelines issued by national government, and is required to seek future funding for coastal defences around the Isle of Wight's coast.  The website will grow as the project progresses.  It will include information on how the public can get involved with the process and the final documents will be published here in full.  If you are affected by coastal change you can visit the website to sign up as a stakeholder, or provide your information to the study, which will be welcomed. 

Public consultations will be held around the Island as the plan is developed.  These days will be opportunities for all interested residents and organisations to find out about the detailed proposals and talk to the people involved.  These events will be advertised in the local press.

Spring/Summer 2008

Spring/Summer 2008 work programme

The Isle of Wight Council and the Steering Group are busy working on Stages 1 and 2 of the Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan review, including gathering data and updating information on the condition of coastal defences, coastal processes and sediment movements, climate change, stakeholder involvement, estuaries and coastal heritage.

April 2008

Article in 'One Island' Magazine, April 2008
http://www.iwight.com/oneislandmagazine/

"Planning for our coastline - 100 years into the future"

"Island residents and businesses with an interest in the coast will be asked to contribute to a major shoreline plan over the next year.

The Council is preparing an updated Shoreline Management Plan which will review an original document published in 1997.

The plan will assess the risks associated with coastal processes over the next 100 years, and how to reduce their effects in a sustainable way. It will look at erosion and coastal flooding and how to balance environmental, social and financial issues.

Responsibility for management of the Island's coastal defences against erosion and flooding is shared between the Council and the Environment Agency. The updated plan will be prepared using guidelines set down by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

To register for updates about the plan, please visit www.coastalwight.gov.uk/smp or call 01983 857220.

 

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