Strategies for the future - Coastal defence and flood management

coastline proposal

The strategy for the current and future defence of our coastline is dealt with in general terms in the Southdowns Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) which recommends maintaining the currently defended line.

How the SMP's recommendations can be implemented is dealt with in two strategic coast defence studies, one to the east and one to the west of the Marina.

Brighton Marina to Saltdean strategy study 2001

The strategy recommended maintaining the current defences between Ovingdean Gap and Saltdean and the reconstruction of the defences between Ovingdean Gap and the Marina.

As a result there is ongoing maintenance of the Undercliff Walk throughout its length following the reconstruction of the defences between the Marina and Ovingdean Gap which was completed in 2005.

Download the Marina Saltdean strategy executive summary (PDF 231KB)

The full document can be viewed by arrangement by contacting the coastal defence team.

Brighton Marina to River Adur strategy study 2012

A strategic study of this section of coast was completed in 2014. For more details see the Brighton Marina to River Adur strategy study.

The changing climate

All the studies that we undertake take the Government's latest sea level rise guidelines into account.

Information on the changing climate is collated on a global scale by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organisation and the United Nations.

Their predictions for England along with research from a range of domestic organisations is collated for Defra as part of UKCP09