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

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

Please read the Summary Document before replying to the questions in the survey. You can also drop pins and comment on the map below that shows the area that we are engaging on and can give us any further ideas you have on the 'Ideas Board'.

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.

We are currently asking for your views on Phase 1 which aims 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 are holding online public engagement events about the Strategy. Details can be found in the 'Timeline' on the right hand side of this page along with a link for booking free events tickets.

If you have any questions or require a large print copy of the survey or alternative language please email coastal@bcpcouncil.gov.uk giving your name, address and telephone number.

Thank you in advance for your participation.


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

Please read the Summary Document before replying to the questions in the survey. You can also drop pins and comment on the map below that shows the area that we are engaging on and can give us any further ideas you have on the 'Ideas Board'.

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.

We are currently asking for your views on Phase 1 which aims 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 are holding online public engagement events about the Strategy. Details can be found in the 'Timeline' on the right hand side of this page along with a link for booking free events tickets.

If you have any questions or require a large print copy of the survey or alternative language please email coastal@bcpcouncil.gov.uk giving your name, address and telephone number.

Thank you in advance for your participation.


FCERM Strategy Map

17 days

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.