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Decision details

Fareham Coastal Defence Study (Fareham Quay and Alton Grove to Cador Drive)

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes

Purpose:

To seek approval to undertake coastal defence study to develop Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Scheme options for the Fareham Quay and Alton Grove to Cador Drive frontages, to reduce flood and erosion risk alongside the impacts of those risks on historic coastal landfill.

 

The project will also provide an opportunity to investigate additional broader outcome opportunities important to Fareham Borough Council (FBC) and the wider Fareham community relating not only to the environment, but also to the improvement of the public realm, regeneration, enhancement of amenities, improvement of recreation opportunities, access and community health and wellbeing.

 

Fareham Quay is situated at the end of Fareham Creek in the north corner of Portsmouth Harbour (Appendix A), the frontage is tidally dominated, relatively sheltered and subject to wind driven waves.

 

Located within three kilometres of Fareham Quay, the Alton Grove to Cador Drive frontage, north of Portsmouth Harbour, near Portchester (Appendix A), is fronted by a shallow intertidal foreshore.  Given the exposure to the prevailing south and south westerly winds, the frontage is susceptible to wave overtopping when strong winds combine with high tidal conditions.  Both coastal frontages and existing defences are owned and maintained by FBC and are now reaching the end of their serviceable life.

 

Across both frontages, a significant number of properties are at risk of an extreme tidal flood event during the next 100 years.  Further to this, both coastal frontages are identified as historic coastal landfill sites.  Continued erosion of defences in these locations could also risk exposing further landfill and potentially pollute the environmentally important Portsmouth Harbour.

 

The aim is to undertake a combined FCERM coastal defence study for the Fareham Quay and Alton Grove to Cador Drive frontages.  The Study will assess and develop longer-term coastal management options, reducing flood and erosion risk and addressing historic landfill issues, as recommended in the River Hamble to Portchester Strategy (RHPS) (2016) and the North Solent Shoreline Management Plan (2010).

 

The study will also put forward a proposal and outline design to try and secure further funding for detailed designs and to implement and construct the preferred option.

Decision:

RESOLVED that the Executive:

 

(a)  approves commencement of the Fareham Coastal Defence Study; and

 

(b)  agrees that the Director of Planning and Regeneration is given delegated authority to procure and deliver the works, subject to the award of contract being made through an Individual Decision of the Executive Member for Planning and Development.

Publication date: 09/02/2022

Date of decision: 07/02/2022

Decided at meeting: 07/02/2022 - Executive

Effective from: 20/02/2022

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