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Wyre Flood & Coastal Defence Strategy Study

Strategic Environmental Assessment

The Wyre Flood and Coastal Defence Strategy Plan and Headland PAR documents have been produced by Wyre Council in co-operation with the Environment Agency, (EA) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Natural England, and Halcrow Group.

This strategy plan concerns the coastal frontage at Cleveleys, Rossall and Fleetwood and ties into the Blackpool strategy up to Anchorsholme. The study also includes the defences on the left bank of the River Wyre to Stanah where the defences tie into higher ground. This ensures that consistent flood defence is provided to the area at risk.  The strategy recommends that this standard of defence should be 1 in 200 (0.5%) annual chance of occurrence.

The strategy plan consists of a number of documents; these consist of the main report and several appendices (listed below) which can be downloaded or are available to purchase from the Council. These documents include:

  • Appendix A Project Appraisal Data Sheet
  • Appendix B List of Reports Produced
  • Appendix C Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Report
  • Appendix D Draft Beach Management Plan
  • Appendix E Options Appraisal Report
  • Appendix F Economic Appraisal
  • Appendix G Coastal Processes Report
  • Appendix H Strategy Delivery Plan
  • Appendix I Risk Register
  • Appendix J Modelling Report
  • Appendix K Consultation Summary
  • Appendix L Natural England Letter of Support
  • Appendix M Water Framework Directive Assessment
  • Appendix N Option Cost Breakdown
  • Appendix O Option Figures

The Strategy area contains assets at risk of flooding with present value damages of £2,214m over the next 100 years. There are currently 23,800 residential properties at risk of flooding from the sea and the tidal River Wyre with a 1 in 200 (0.5%) chance of flooding in any year. Under a Do Nothing scenario, by 2112 this would increase to 28,766 residential properties at risk from flooding. There are 6,382 residential properties at risk of flooding from inland waterways and surface water flooding with a 1 in 100 (1%) chance of flooding in any year. There are no properties imminently at risk from erosion.

The strategy area is 16km² and encompasses the towns of Thornton Cleveleys, Poulton and Fleetwood. It extends from Anchorsholme to the south up to the mouth of the estuary at Fleetwood and then upstream to the Catchment and borough boundary at Stanah, a distance of 10km. The majority of these defences were constructed over fifty years ago and are reaching the end of their useful life.

The strategic approach allows the integration of coastal works to protect life and property with wider environmental and sustainability issues. There are a wide range of factors to be considered and measured against each other including balancing the changing physical environment and the need to protect life and property with recreational and commercial usage and the environmental impacts which man's intervention on the coast can cause.

The main concern for the Strategy area is the poor condition of the coastal defences at Rossall, where the lower aprons and toe are failing and the higher wall has signs of spalling and cracking.

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