Shoreline Management Plan

The shoreline at Stokes Bay is maintained by Gosport Borough Council in a partnership called the East Solent Coastline Partnership.

Details of the partnership agreement here:
Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership Agreement

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.

December 2019
ESCP reported that Maintenance repairs to a section of seawall and splashwall at Stokes Bay, Gosport have now been completed. The work was carried out by JT Mackley & Co Ltd and took six weeks to complete.

February 2020
More storm damage to the promenade at Stokes Bay by Storm Ciara.

December 2020
Further undermining of of the sea wall has occurred. Temporary work was carried out to shore up the car park in Stokes Bay to protect the Promenade and road. Alverstoke Councillor, Mark Hook said, “Plans are underway to provide a more substantial repair. Gosport Borough Council and Hampshire County Council are seeking Local Levy grant funding to take forward these studies, which would commence in 2021/22 and the works required are expected to be significant.”

The Projects, maintenance and repairs for Gosport coastline is explained  here:



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