Information about areas that are protected, deciding which areas are defended, areas without defences and who is at risk.
Yes. We defend the major towns of Bridlington, Hornsea and Withernsea, plus important assets in the following locations:
For more details, please follow the link below to our Coastal Explorer website:
Coastal Explorer – Coastal Information Pack (external East Riding website)
Coastal defences such as sea walls and groynes tend to be expensive, short-term options which have a high impact on the landscape or environment. For these reasons, it would be unsustainable and inappropriate to defend all 85 kilometres (53 miles) of our coastline against coastal erosion.
In order for us to introduce, improve or maintain coastal defences in any location, we must have evidence that the social, economic and environmental benefits will outweigh the possible negative impacts for the wider coastline.
The Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) shows how we intend to manage each section of the coastline over the next 100 years, based upon our assessments of potential benefits and negative impacts of defences.
Where the SMP policy is not to defend - ‘No Active Intervention’ - there must be no investment in coastal defences by any individual or organisation. Instead, natural erosion processes must be allowed to continue.
In areas where we are unable to build or maintain coastal defences, we offer support and guidance to those who are at risk from coastal erosion. Subject to conditions, we can help or encourage residents and business-owners to:
We use our erosion monitoring data and projections in the Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) to estimate the level of erosion risk to each property. We take into account three local factors: the distance between the property and the cliff edge, the recent average erosion rate, and the maximum cliff loss ever recorded since surveys began in the 1950s.
Homes at risk will fall into one of three categories, as explained below:
Certain properties and assets will also be at risk beyond 2055 because coastal erosion is an ongoing, natural process.