Shoreline Management Plan

The shoreline at Stokes Bay is maintained by Gosport Borough Council in a partnership called the East Solent Coastline Partnership.
The Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) formed an alliance in 2012 to deliver a combined, efficient and comprehensive coastal management service across the coastlines of four Local Authorities of Fareham Borough Council, Gosport Borough Council. Havant Borough Council and Portsmouth City Council.

The overarching vision of the ESCP initiative is ‘to reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion to people, the developed and natural environment by encouraging the provision of technically, environmentally and economically sustainable coastal defence and protection measures’.

A Shoreline Management Plan is a non-statutory policy document for coastal defence management planning. It takes account of other existing planning initiatives and legislative requirements, and is intended to inform wider strategic planning. It does not set policy for anything other than coastal defence management.

The accepted plan for Stokes Bay, Titchfield Haven to Gilkicker, is ‘Hold The Line’.
Under this plan, defence structures will need to be maintained and upgraded to provide flood protection to residential areas, commercial property, MOD assets, infrastructure (such as Stokes Bay Road), and amenity open space. In terms of beach management and recycling operations, the frontage is considered as a single management area and will benefit Hill Head, Lee-on-the-Solent and adjacent frontages, with possible beach recycling from Gilkicker Point. Coastal monitoring will be key to the successful management of this frontage.

Storm Katie at Stokes Bay

Storm Katie (March 2016) at Stokes Bay (Credits to original photogrpaher)

Damage to the promenade

Damage to the promenade by Storm Katie at Stokes Bay

promenade storm damage

Undermining of the promenade due to Storm Katie. Scouring has removed the shingle from the beach leaving the foundations exposed and causing the frontage to lean towards the sea.

Storm Katie, 27-28th March 2016, at Stokes Bay  undermined the promenade in three places, causing voids that have left the promenade unsupported. The ESCP are currently determining the best way of rectifying this, which may involve filling the voids with concrete and moving shingle from areas of accretion to those areas that are affected by erosion. Work to correct some  damage is due to begin July 2016. Long-term plans to protect the seawall from erosion in Gosport are expected to start in 2017 following a full investigation.

Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership are holding three drop in style exhibitions  in Gosport during July 2017.
The exhibitions are being held to share with the public the work they are proposing on behalf of Gosport Borough Council to improve the coastal flood defences at three priority sites in Gosport for Alverstoke, Seafield and Forton.
The exhibitions are designed to provide much more information about the three schemes, to explain why they are necessary and what the completed defences could look like. Coastal engineers will be there to answer any questions you may have and will be inviting feedback on the proposed designs and the opportunities to enhance the coastal frontages.

The exhibition dates and venues are as follows:

Monday 17th July, 1pm – 6:30pm
Scout Activities Centre, Clay Hall Road

Thursday 20th July, 1pm – 6:30pm
Gosport Discovery Centre

Tuesday 25th July, 1pm – 6:30pm
St Vincent Sixth Form College

Andy Pearce, Operations Team Leader for the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP), gave a presentation to the Friends of Stokes Bay at the AGM on 22 June 2016. His presentation can be downloaded and viewed here:


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The North Solent Shoreline Management Plan is explained  here:

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