Strategies for the future - Coastal defence and flood management

coastline proposal

The overall coastal management policies for Brighton & Hove are detailed in the Southdowns Shoreline Management Plan (PDF 7MB). This plan covers the coast from Selsey Bill to Beachy Head. The current plan was approved by the Council's Environment committee on 14 September 2006.

Two strategy studies follow on from this plan. These look at shorter sections of the coast and make practical recommendations about how the plan can be implemented.

  • Brighton Marina to Saltdean
  • Brighton Marina to the River Adur

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. This work follows on from the reconstruction of the coastal defences between Brighton Marina and Ovingdean Gap, 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 go to the Brighton Marina to River Adur strategy study web page.

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