The Bacton to Walcott Coastal Management Scheme is an opportunity for CPE, on behalf of North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), to work with the Bacton Terminal Operators to protect nationally important infrastructure and to provide benefit to local communities.

The proposed scheme will use Sandscaping, to protect the terminal and enhance the coastal management of the villages. It involves the placement of a large volume of sand on the foreshore at Bacton, which over time will move in a predominantly south easterly direction down the coast. This sand is expected to increase beach levels and extend the life of existing defences. This will be a UK first, taking learning from a recent Dutch innovation.

Modelling indicates that there will be significant benefits at Bacton and further work is underway to enhance the scheme to deliver benefits for the adjacent village of Walcott.

The Brackenbury Footpath Project is due to begin construction week commencing 18/12/17.
The work will comprise vegetation clearance, construction of a 1.2m width concrete path with guardrail, installation of new security fencing and a set of beach to path access steps at either end of the path.

 The work is being carried out in order to maintain access at high tide along the North Felixstowe frontage in between the North Felixstowe promenade and Cobbold’s Point, at the location of the rock revetment.

The current plan is as follows (this is subject to change due to tide and weather conditions):

W/c 18/12/17 – Removed temporary chain-link fencing currently on site, erect security fencing to close the site to members of the public over the Christmas holiday and throughout construction, vegetation clearance and void filling within the revetment where the path is required to traverse the rock armour.

W/c 25/12/17 – No works (Christmas holiday)

W/c 01/01/18 – No works (Christmas holiday)

W/c 08/01/18 – Construction work begins and is ongoing for 6 weeks.


Signage will be deployed by the contractor to advise and inform.

We trust this information is helpful – please don’t hesitate to contact Becky Koehler should you require further information.

Waveney District Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council have been working together, through the Coastal Partnership East team, to develop a strategy for the future coastal defence management of the coast between Gorleston south pier in the north to Pakefield in the south. This is a very changeable coastline which supports a number of communities and essential economic activities, mainly tourist based.

The main risk along this coastline is from coastal erosion. Soft cliffs extend along the length of the coastline. These cliffs provide little natural resistance to shoreline change. Most of the frontage is defended but some of these defences are deteriorating and have reached or are approaching the end of their life. Without further investment there is a risk that these and other defences will fail, exposing coastal towns and villages along the cliff top to rapid erosion.

The overall aim of the project was to set out measures to manage the risk of coastal erosion and flooding to people and the developed environment, whilst recognising possible impacts on the natural environment, potential long term affordability and sustainability. Critically, it has been developed in partnership with the local communities, businesses and organisations to reflect a local community and business-driven Strategy, which will provide continued protection of community and business assets and support economic growth along the strategy length.

See the final Strategy Document here.

The December 2013 tidal surge which resulted in more than 150 homes and businesses being flooded highlighted the inadequacy of Lowestoft’s flood defences and the impact that this has on existing and potential growth for the town.

This was further reinforced in July 2015 by flooding in the Kirkley area caused by an extreme rainfall event. Together, they demonstrated Lowestoft’s vulnerability to all forms of flooding, from the sea, from rivers and from extreme rainfall.

In 2014 a project began to explore how this could be tackled. Coastal Partnership East, on behalf of Waveney District Council, Suffolk County Council and other partners, are managing this project. A number of studies have been carried out to understand the current extent and risk of flooding: how flood risk could increase in the future through the impacts of climate change; and the costs and benefits of providing different flood risk management solutions.

For more information visit the website.

The Mundesley frontage forms part of the ‘Kelling to Lowestoft Ness Shoreline Management Plan’ (SMP6). The SMP policy for Mundesley involves ‘Holding the Line’ (HTL) until 2055 before moving to a policy of No Active Intervention.  Following the adoption of SMP, a study was commissioned by North Norfolk District Council, working in partnership with the Environment Agency.

This was the Cromer to Winterton Ness Coastal Management Study, which was completed in 2013. The purpose of that study was to provide recommendations for coastal management works. The study found that coastal defence schemes could be technically and economically justified for Mundesley.

The Mundesley Coastal Management Scheme is included in the Environment Agency’s capital programme. To help this work move forward, Government funding, (Grant in Aid) needs to be secured. A business case is being developed to enable this to be applied for from the Environment Agency.

We have appointed AECOM to help us to develop the business case and we have formed a local liaison group to work with us. Following initial assessments and workshops, a long and short list of options have been developed alongside a re-assessment of the environment, economics and benefits of a scheme.

This information has been discussed with the liaison group and then presented to the wider community in Mundesley. The scheme and options were well received and the scheme has progressed to identify a preferred option.