Project Overview


We want to build new coastal defences that reduce the risk of a major flood event now and for the next 100 years. We also seek to enable regeneration, enhance the public realm and improve the setting of the many historic and cultural features that make our seafront so unique.

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The current coastal defences do not offer a sufficient level of protection and are at the end of their serviceable life, leaving 8,077 homes and 704 commercial properties in Southsea at risk from coastal flooding. Recent failures, such as at Long Curtain Moat, have demonstrated this. The predicted effects of climate change will increase this risk further over the next century.

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The 'Outline Business Case' for the scheme has been approved by HM Treasury and the Environment Agency, securing £5.9m of funding from central government to develop our designs. Once these designs have been completed, we will then seek approval for a further £80m grant from government to build the new defences.

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Recommendations from national and local policies let to a shortlist of options, which were taken to public consultation in November 2014. Design development work commenced in 2017, and further consultation has been held throughout summer 2018. If approved, construction could begin in 2020.

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The Southsea Coastal Scheme is being delivered by what is known as an 'Integrated Delivery Team'. It is comprised of experts from a range of different fields and organisations, all working together as one team. We are all passionate about Southsea seafront and want to protect and enhance its unique character.

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