Projects | Coastal Partnership East


Coastal strategies play an important part in helping us to explore what needs to be done to manage a particular stretch of coastline. Coastal Partnership East is involved in developing coastal management strategies and projects along the Norfolk and Suffolk coast.

Strategies drill down to finer detail than Shoreline Management Plans to give an assessment of the feasible options.

The strategy management options recommended must:
• Reduce the risk to life
• Defend residential and commercial property
• Protect existing infrastructure
• Protect, and if possible enhance, the well-being of the population
• Protect, and if possible enhance, biodiversity, cultural heritage and landscape

The Bacton to Walcott Coastal Management Scheme was an opportunity for CPE, on behalf of North Norfolk District Council, to work with the Bacton Terminal Operators to protect nationally important infrastructure and to provide benefit to local communities. To find out more about the new sandscaping solution, please click here.

Bacton To Walcott Sandscaping Scheme video link:

Join us at out virtual consultation from 28th April 2022. To find out more see our Consultations page.

Corton and Gunton Options Appraisal Report click here
Appendix A - Coastal Processes Report click here
Appendix B - Cliff Instability Assessment click here
Appendix C - Coastal Management Options click here
Appendix D - Coastal Change Assessment click here
Appendix E - Environmental Considerations click here
Appendix F - Funding click here

The Gorleston to Lowestoft Coastal Strategy was completed in 2017. 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.

We would like to thank all those that provided a response to the public consultation. The consultation period was from 10th May to 18th June 2021. 

The Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project is about developing a way forward to reduce the risk of flooding from tidal surges such as was seen in 2013. It will also reduce flooding from rivers and surface water flooding in parts of Lowestoft that experienced flooding in 2015 and 2016. When finished, the project will support the economic growth and regeneration of Lowestoft and reduce the risk of flooding to existing homes and businesses.

For more information visit the website here.

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.

Drone footage of the Kessingland to Pakefield cliffs by Paul Cullum click here

February 2022 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
January 2022 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
December 2021 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
November 2021 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
September 2021 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
July 2021 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
June 2021 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
May 2021 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
April 2021 Community Steering Group Presentation click here
March 2021 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
February 2021 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
28 December 2020 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
10 December 2020 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
October 2020 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
September 2020 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
August 2020 Monthly Monitoring Report click here
August 2020 Community Steering Group Presentation click here
June 2020 Beach condition update click here
June 2020 Community Meeting Presentation click here
May 2019 Coastal Change Report click here

Southwold Initial Assessment Report click here
Appendix B - Options Appraisal click here
Appendix C - Economic Technical Appendix click here
Appendix D - Environmental Checklist click here

In 2010 a major erosion event occurred that damaged a defence and prompted construction of a new 'soft' defence that was part-funded by community contributions. During 2013 three severe weather events exposed and damaged the new defence and raised doubts as to its ability to provide the standard of protection sought by the community. We regularly monitor this frontage, please see our latest inspection reports here:

February 2022 Inspection report click here
January 2022 Inspection report click here
December 2021 Inspection report click here
November 2021 Inspection report click here
September 2021 Inspection report click here
August 2021 Inspection report click here
July 2021 Inspection report click here
June 2021 Inspection report click here
May 2021 Inspection report click here
April 2021 Inspection report click here
March 2021 Inspection report click here
February 2021 Inspection report click here
December 2020 Inspection report click here
November 2020 Inspection report click here
September 2020 Inspection report click here
August 2020 Inspection report click here
July 2020 Inspection report click here
June 2020 Inspection report click here

May 2021 Community Steering Group presentation click here
April 2021 Thorpeness Coastal Futures Group newsletter click here

In 2014 we employed consultant Mott MacDonald to undertake Coastal Process and Works Options studies to inform decisions on future management. Those reports are:

Phase 1 Report click here
Phase 2 Report click here

Following a public consultation in 2019, the preferred option of a medium, low level rock revetment with end transitions was chosen. You can view the consultation documents here:

Thorpeness Public Consultation Summary click here
Technical report click here
Information booklet click here
Mott MacDonald Phase 1 report click here
Mott MacDonald Phase 2 report click here

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Projects | Coastal Partnership East