Christchurch Bay and Harbour Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy Engagement

The engagement is now closed.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) and New Forest District Council (NFDC) are working together with the Environment Agency to produce a new Strategy to protect coastal communities from tidal flooding and erosion risk. It will guide how the frontage from Hengistbury Head to Hurst Spit, encompassing Christchurch Harbour, will be sustainably managed for the next 100 years.

As Coast Protection Authorities, BCP and NFDC have permissive powers to enable management of coastal erosion risk where it is appropriate and feasible to do so. In addition, along with the Environment Agency, BCP as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) has statutory responsibilities for managing flood risk; Hampshire County Council are the LLFA covering the NFDC area.

In Autumn 2020, BCP Council successfully secured £450,000 of government Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) to produce the Strategy on behalf of the partners. We have appointed specialist consultant AECOM to help support us in this work and we anticipate the final Strategy will be adopted by Spring/Summer 2023.

Have your say

Respondents were asked to read the Summary Document before replying to the questions in the survey. They could also drop pins and comment on the map below that shows the area that we are engaging on and could give us any further ideas on the 'Ideas Board'. You can still drop pins, share your photos and submit your ideas on the map and Ideas Board even though the engagement has ended.

We have developed a phased approach to deliver the Christchurch Bay & Harbour Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy by Spring/Summer 2023. It will identify where, when and broadly what type of works are needed to protect this coastline from flooding and erosion. We acknowledge you might just focus upon your local area, but it is important to recognise that we manage the coast as a whole and will consider issues beyond specific locations.

This engagement asked for your views on Phase 1 which aimed to collect as much information as possible on the 5 key areas of the Strategy before we start to work up the various options for managing the coast:

  1. Christchurch Harbour
  2. Mudeford Sandbank
  3. Christchurch beaches and cliffs
  4. Naish Cliff and Barton-on-sea
  5. Hordle Cliff and Milford-on-sea

We held online public engagement events about the Strategy, details of which are in the 'Timeline' on the right hand side of this page. This included a link for booking free events tickets.

Respondents could send their questions or request large print copies of the survey or in alternative languages by emailing coastal@bcpcouncil.gov.uk giving their name, address and telephone number.

Thank you for all those who participated in this phase and we look forward to your further participation.


The engagement is now closed.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP) and New Forest District Council (NFDC) are working together with the Environment Agency to produce a new Strategy to protect coastal communities from tidal flooding and erosion risk. It will guide how the frontage from Hengistbury Head to Hurst Spit, encompassing Christchurch Harbour, will be sustainably managed for the next 100 years.

As Coast Protection Authorities, BCP and NFDC have permissive powers to enable management of coastal erosion risk where it is appropriate and feasible to do so. In addition, along with the Environment Agency, BCP as Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) has statutory responsibilities for managing flood risk; Hampshire County Council are the LLFA covering the NFDC area.

In Autumn 2020, BCP Council successfully secured £450,000 of government Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) to produce the Strategy on behalf of the partners. We have appointed specialist consultant AECOM to help support us in this work and we anticipate the final Strategy will be adopted by Spring/Summer 2023.

Have your say

Respondents were asked to read the Summary Document before replying to the questions in the survey. They could also drop pins and comment on the map below that shows the area that we are engaging on and could give us any further ideas on the 'Ideas Board'. You can still drop pins, share your photos and submit your ideas on the map and Ideas Board even though the engagement has ended.

We have developed a phased approach to deliver the Christchurch Bay & Harbour Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy by Spring/Summer 2023. It will identify where, when and broadly what type of works are needed to protect this coastline from flooding and erosion. We acknowledge you might just focus upon your local area, but it is important to recognise that we manage the coast as a whole and will consider issues beyond specific locations.

This engagement asked for your views on Phase 1 which aimed to collect as much information as possible on the 5 key areas of the Strategy before we start to work up the various options for managing the coast:

  1. Christchurch Harbour
  2. Mudeford Sandbank
  3. Christchurch beaches and cliffs
  4. Naish Cliff and Barton-on-sea
  5. Hordle Cliff and Milford-on-sea

We held online public engagement events about the Strategy, details of which are in the 'Timeline' on the right hand side of this page. This included a link for booking free events tickets.

Respondents could send their questions or request large print copies of the survey or in alternative languages by emailing coastal@bcpcouncil.gov.uk giving their name, address and telephone number.

Thank you for all those who participated in this phase and we look forward to your further participation.


FCERM Strategy Map

3 months

In addition to your main response to the online survey, you can comment on each of the 5 areas we have identified for the FCERM Strategy. You can comment on the Strategy Area pins which are highlighted in pink and/or drop your own pins anywhere on the map.

Anything you decide to share with us will remain private and confidential in line with GDPR guidelines and will not be shared publically without your permission.

Thank you, we value your participation.

Page last updated: 16 August 2021, 10:23