Hayling Island has a population of over 17,000, is located on the south Hampshire coast, within the Borough of Havant and has approximately 38km of coastline.
Being an island community, climate change is one of the largest challenges Hayling Island will face. It poses a significant threat to the economy, environment, health and way of life. Rising sea levels due to climate change are predicted to significantly increase the level of coastal flood and erosion risk on the island.
If no flood defences were in place, over 330 properties are currently at flood risk on the island from an extreme (1 in 200 year or 0.5% Annual Exceedance Probability (AEP)) event. By 2120, with sea level rise and climate change, this figure rises to over 2,850 properties at risk from coastal flooding during a similar extreme event and over 1,510 properties at risk from coastal erosion on Hayling Island. Access and egress on and off the island to the mainland via the sole road bridge connection (A3023) is also at risk.
In order to manage these risks into the future, the North Solent Shoreline Management Plan (NSSMP) recommended the need to develop a Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy for the Hayling Island Coastline. The plan is to develop an FCERM Strategy for Hayling Island, identifying management approaches for the next 100 years, in two stages; Part 1: Hayling Island Funding and Implementation Strategy – now complete, and Part 2: Hayling Island full FCERM Strategy
Hayling Island FCERM Strategy
The aim of the Hayling Island Strategy is to:
- Develop strategic coastal management options for Hayling Island for the next 100 years
- Outline a programme of investment to reduce the risk of coastal flooding and erosion to people living on the island
- Identify the potential funding sources and partners required to deliver that investment programme and be open and honest about where funding is likely to be a challenge
- Incorporate adaptation strategies, as defence improvements will not be possible in all locations
- Be holistic, yet flexible for both people and nature
- Respond to future changes, support sustainable development of the island and take into account predicted sea level rise and climate change
- Make a partnership approach central, between HBC, EA, Natural England (NE), Landowners, businesses and local communities, making sure local needs and priorities are at its core
During development of the FCERM Strategy we will:
- Carry out extensive engagement with key stakeholders, residents and the wider local community through workshops, drop-in events and using social media, to understand the aspirations and concerns of stakeholders, to help inform the development of The Strategy
- Undertake a coastal process study to understand waves, tides and sediment transport, and look at the longer term flood and erosion risk to both the open and harbour coastlines
- Undertake Environmental, Ecological and Heritage Studies
- Appraise short, medium and long term sustainable FCERM approaches for Hayling Island
- Assess the costs of different approaches and the associated wider economic benefits develop a detailed short-term implementation plan.
- Investigate the wider benefits of schemes, links with regeneration opportunities and identify potential contribution opportunities for future coastal defence measures
We expect to develop the Strategy over the next 18 – 24 months. For an example of a completed strategy please visit - www.coastalpartners.org.uk/strategy
How you can be involved in the strategy development...
Your involvement is really important so we will be engaging with you throughout the development of the strategy. Engagement with local residents, businesses, visitors and the wider community will take place at key points to ensure that people who live, work and play on the island have a say in shaping the strategy.
Please keep an eye on our website for details or click here to contact us direct about how you can get involved.