National Coastal Erosion Risk Mapping
On 5 April, new coastal erosion maps for the North West will be
published on the Environment Agency website. This is part of a
joint project with local authorities.
The new maps will provide the latest information on coastal
erosion in a format that is consistent across England and Wales and
easily accessible online for the first time. They will help people
to understand whether coastal erosion could be an issue for their
area and will help to inform decisions about planning, living and
working on the coastline.
What will the maps show for the South Lakeland's Coast?
Coastal erosion is a natural process and it is not possible, or
financially feasible, to protect the whole coastline. We take a
risk based approach to managing coastal change to make the best use
of resources and defend areas where it is cost effective to do so.
Large sections of the coastline in the North West benefit from
continued investment in coastal defences and protection from
erosion. We consider a variety of options when managing the coast,
taking into account the needs of people, business, and the
Under new partnership funding arrangements for flood and coastal
erosion risk management, contributions to the cost of any works
could be raised by local communities, businesses and other key
partners to supplement government funding.
The new, interactive maps will allow users to zoom in on a
particular area and find out what the current policy is for
shoreline management at that location. For those areas not
protected from coastal erosion, it will be possible to see how much
erosion we expect to see over the next 20, 50 and 100 years, in
line with the selected policy. We work with local authorities using
the best available data from a range of sources to estimate the
likely extent of erosion.
The new maps are simply a different means of illustrating
existing information on coastal erosion and do not reflect a change
in our approach to managing risk in specific locations.
From 5 April, the maps will be available in the 'What's In Your
Backyard' section of the Environment Agency website, under coastal
erosion. Web address is: www.environment-agency.gov.uk
There is a link to 'What's In Your Backyard' on the home page under
'Home and Leisure'.