Brighton Marina to River Adur strategy study

The coastline covered by the Brighton Marina to River Adur study extends from Brighton Marina in the east to the mouth of the River Adur in the west. The area includes sections of coast managed by both Adur District Council and Brighton & Hove City Council.

Work on the Brighton Marina to River Adur coastal management strategy began in March 2012 and was completed in 2014.

The Environment Agency approved the study and allocated grant aid for an initial phase of improvements to the coast defences. This will begin in the financial year 2020/21. 

Download the Brighton Marina to River Adur study report (PDF 1.9MB). If you would like to view the technical appendices please contact the council.

The council's Environment, Transport and Sustainability committee approved the study in July 2014. The committee report contains aerial photographs and identifies the areas where improvement work is required. Download the committee report (PDF 1MB) 

What is a coastal strategy study?

A coastal strategy study looks in detail at a length of coast and how it will change over the next 100 years. It looks at how to manage the human and natural factors that will influence it and what kind of defensive measures are needed to deal with these changes and whether they are affordable. It will usually include a programme of coastal management and coast defence works for the 100 year period.

The cost of the study is met by the Environment Agency and the completed study must be approved by them. The cost of implementing the strategy's recommendations is usually met by a combination of grant aid from the Environment Agency and contributions from local beneficiaries of the defences.

Once approved any grant aid is allocated to a future year or years within the Environment Agency's capital investment programme. The council can then submit a bid for the money as that year approaches.