Local Strategies, Plans & Research

Poole and Christchurch Bays Shoreline Management Plan (SMP2)

Published October 2010. The Shoreline Management Plan promotes management policies for open coast, harbours, estuaries and headlands between Durlston Head in the west and Hurst Spit to the east for the next 100 years; it provides a timeline for objectives, policy and management changes; i.e. a ‘route map’ for decision makers to move from the present situation towards the future.

Poole’s Local Flood Risk Management Strategy 2017-2019

Published July 2017. The Flood and Water Management Act (2010) acknowledged that despite everyone’s best efforts to prevent the risk of flooding, it is a natural event that will sometimes occur. This Local Flood Risk Management Strategy outlines how the flood risk from surface water and in-combination flooding (from both surface water and high tides) is being managed in the Borough of Poole.

Poole Bay, Poole Harbour and Wareham flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy, October 2013

Updated December 2014. The strategy identifies how the Environment Agency and its partners will manage tidal flood and erosion risks in and around Bournemouth, the whole of Poole Harbour, Wareham and Swanage over the next 100 years with an emphasis on the years up to 2030.

Commissioning Research & Sharing Information

Established in 1986, SCOPAC (the Standing Conference on Problems Associated with the Coastline) is an influential network of local authorities and other key organisations that share an interest in the management of the shoreline of central southern England – from Lyme Regis in the west to Shoreham-by-Sea in the east including the Isle of Wight.

Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes

Since 2002 monitoring of the Poole Bay area has been undertaken by the Channel Coast Observatory as part of the South East Strategic Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme, providing detailed information for the development of coastal & flood defence strategies.

Southern Coastal Group

Established in 2008, the Southern Coastal Group (SCG) is one of seven strategic coastal groups in England, principally comprising coastal managers, planners and others with a knowledge of coastal and flood risk management. The SCG covers the coastline between Portland Bill, Dorset and Selsey Bill, West Sussex, including the Isle of Wight. The four key areas of work include Shoreline Management Plans, coastal monitoring, investment & planning, and sharing good practice.