Upcoming Engagement for Detailed Design

Updated February 2024

Introduction to Engagement

Engagement with the local community and other stakeholders is an integral and important part of the scheme.

We will build on previous options appraisal and outline design engagement. A summary of this engagement is available, click here.

Our Engagement Outline Plan is presented below in Figure 1. Community and stakeholder engagement activities have been shown on this plan. There is a project timeline which runs from left to right and this indicates the significant Detailed Design stage milestones (yellow triangles). Because dates can change, we have shown each process or activity relative to the detailed design milestones that we are working towards.

Figure 1 Visual Engagement Plan Figure 1 Visual Engagement Plan
Figure 1 Visual Engagement Plan

Impact of Covid-19

The introduction of social distancing measures during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has meant that we must adapt our methods of engagement away from traditional methods of face-to-face meetings. The latest guidance indicates that, where appropriate, face to face meetings can resume subject to guidance available at the time.  

Where appropriate we may continue to utilise digital media platforms such as MS Teams to host virtual meetings. We are aware that the use of digital media might not be an accessible choice for everyone, so if it is a barrier to engagement we would like to know, so that we can help those who cannot get access to engage in another way.

Methods of Engagement  

We are looking to engage with the local community and other stakeholders in as many ways practical and feasible.  Some of these will include:

Project Team Inbox

You can get in touch with the project team by email at Langstone-FCERM@havant.gov.uk

Langstone Stakeholder Working Group (LSWG)

During the options appraisal phase, the LSWG met on three occasions, at key stages (start-up, short list and leading option).

During the detailed design phase, the Langstone Stakeholder Working Group will meet on 3 occasions:

  • Detailed Design Start-up (April 2021)
  • Detailed Design 50% design milestone (July 2022)
  • Detailed Design 80% design milestone (February 2024)

This group will continue to function as the primary group for engagement with the community and the wider stakeholder interests. Please refer to the engagement outline plan in Figure 1 for a timeframe of further events.

Further information on the outcomes of the Langstone Stakeholder Working Groups hosted during Detailed Design is available.

Design Exhibition 2024

Following on from the public design exhibitions hosted in Langstone in 2018 (shortlist) and 2020 (leading option), another exhibition event is scheduled to share the detailed design. It is currently scheduled for 2023 and will include all the work we have done with the LSWG and others to collaborate on the design.

Community Drop-In Sessions (Summer 2023)

A total of 6 sessions took place during the summer of 2023, to provide the community an opportunity to ask any questions about the scheme. There were 3 general topic sessions and 3 hot topic sessions which focused on particular design details. These were well attended by the community and the feedback received by the project team has been fed into the finalisation of the design.

  • 6th July                  General Drop-In, Session 1
  • 20th July                General Drop-In, Session 2
  • 13th September     Hot Topic Session - Materials
  • 20th September     Hot Topic Session - High Street Gates
  • 21st September     General Drop-In Session 3
  • 12th October          Hot Topic Session - Frontage 2

Community Working Days (July 2021)

During the design process, we were able to offer the opportunity for the community to meet with the team in Langstone over two evenings and explore the developing designs for all frontages.

An Event Summary Document was prepared to provide the following:

  • The objectives of the Community Participation Evenings
  • The agenda
  • Summary of each evening
  • Next steps
  • Questions and Answers

Access the Event Summary Document.

Technical Steering Group

During the options appraisal stage, a Steering Group was set up to support the development of the coastal management options. The group included representatives from Havant Borough Council (planning and conservation), Hampshire County Council (Highways, Estates and Rights of Way), the Environment Agency, Chichester Harbour Conservancy and the Langstone Harbour Authority.

The role of the Steering Group is to guide the delivery of the project, share knowledge, particularly regarding local issues, identify opportunities and constraints, ensure best practice and provide feedback and input to decision making.

Individual Meetings with Residents and Businesses

Since the leading options were identified for all frontages, the project team have hosted several 1-2-1 meetings with those residents and businesses directly impacted by the scheme’s proposals. The aim of these sessions was to speak directly to these individuals about the design, discuss the impact, and gain valuable feedback to be fed back into the design.

We will continue to undertake these meetings in the coming phase.

Meetings with Statutory Consultees

The project team will continue to engage separately with all our statutory consultees and regulators, including Natural England and the HBC Conservation Officer, to obtain their support and advice about the Detailed Design stage of the project.

Meetings with Service and Utility Providers

The project team have already hosted several meetings with key service and utility providers who have assets located within the scheme footprint. Further conversations will continue during the detailed design stage.

Website Updates

The Coastal Partners website will be periodically updated as new information is available. The main page will cover all the project updates.


In November 2020, we launched a new Langstone Coastal Projects eNewsletter. Further eNewsletters will be shared and added to the Coastal Partners website. If you would like to receive this newsletter, you can sign up

Social Media

Coastal Partners will be using various social media platforms to share key updates and alerts across the partnership. Follow us on the icons at the top of this page! 

Ground and Structural Investigations (2021)

To support the Ground and Structural Investigations which were completed in October 2021, we undertook the following engagement:

  • Advanced notice of works available on our project webpages, via the Project e-Newsletter and emails/letters sent to directly impacted landowners
  • Summary of works available on our project webpages and via the Project e-Newsletter

Further information is available here:

Community Update Video

To support the progression of the project from outline design into detailed design, the project team prepared video to summarise the journey through outline design and the next steps through the detailed design stage.