Introducing the Hurst Spit to Lymington Strategy

Discover the key role JBA are playing as part of the project team delivering the Hurst Spit to Lymington Strategy, aiming to ensure a sustainable future for the coastal frontage between Hurst Spit and the town of Lymington, in Hampshire.

We’re proud to be part of the team working on the Hurst Spit to Lymington Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management strategy, assessing the current and future pressures facing this highly sensitive stretch of coastline.

What is the Hurst Spit to Lymington Strategy and why is it needed?

In light of climate change and sea level rise, the strategy will explore ways to sustainably manage the 17km stretch of coastline over the next 100 years. The strategy will also help to effectively plan and adapt to future changes and inform future projects to manage the area. As this area is much loved by locals and visitors alike, engaging with stakeholders and the public will also play an important role in this project.

To provide a consistent management approach, the project team are also collaborating with the neighbouring Christchurch Bay and Harbour Strategy, which shares many of the same objectives.

Our Strategy aims are:

  • To manage coastal erosion and flood risks
  • To enhance the natural environment
  • To protect wildlife and habitats
  • To maintain the cultural, social and recreational values of the coastline

What is our role in the Hurst Spit to Lymington Strategy?

Having been working on the strategy since January our work so far has included:

  • Reviewing policy and existing coastal strategies
  • Establishing objectives and critical success factors which the strategy must achieve
  • Developing management units to divide the area into smaller units of a similar type
  • Determining our ‘Do Nothing baseline’ i.e. what would happen without management
  • Producing a long list of options to manage the coastline and appraising this against our objectives
  • Exploring shortlisted options

We now have a short list of options to manage the coastline which meets the project objectives and critical success factors. Options which did not meet these criteria were not developed any further. Key reasons for rejection included financial costs, high carbon costs, and/or negative impacts on the environment, habitats, and landscape.

What is the next stage in the Hurst Spit to Lymington Strategy?

The next stage of the strategy will involve presenting our short-listed options to stakeholders and members of the public, alongside the Environment Agency and partners. We will engage and involve local communities, so their views are represented in the strategy. We have prepared engagement materials to be used at events in the area throughout September.

Want to know more?

For more information about the ongoing Hurst Spit to Lymington Strategy, please contact Angie McKinney, or visit the Hurst Spit to Lymington Strategy website here.

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