Plans and strategies

Isle of Wight Shoreline Management Plan (SMP)

The Isle of Wight SMP was adopted by us and the Environment Agency in 2011. It is the key document which sets current shoreline management policies for the entire 168km of coastline and estuaries on the Isle of Wight. The plan assesses coastal flood, erosion and landslide risks over the next 100 years, and identifies where these risks can be reduced. This includes stating which areas can be defended, which cannot, where risks remain, and where the coast will continue to evolve naturally.

If you live on the western half of the Isle of Wight coast, please also see the important information in the West Wight Coastal Strategy below.


Summary map of SMP policies

Main report

Chapters one, two and three: Introduction, glossary, environmental assessment, and basis for the SMP

Chapter four: The SMP policies - introduction to chapter four

Chapters five and six: Policy summary and implications, and action plan


A: SMP Development

B: Stakeholder engagement

C1: Coastal processes and climate change

C2: Defence Appraisal (including maps of coastal defences, maintainer, type, condition and residual life)

C3: Scenarios of future shoreline change (including ‘No Active Intervention’ and ‘With Present Management’ scenario maps)

D: Natural and built environment baseline (including maps of nature conservation designations, coastal habitats and heritage features)

E: Issues and objectives evaluation

F: Strategic environmental assessment (including addendum) and post adoption statement

G: Scenario testing

H: Economic appraisal

I: Habitat regulations assessment - appropriate assessment

J: Water Framework Directive (WFD)

K: Reference list and bibliographic database

L: Information to the Secretary of State according to regulations 49(5) and 51(2) of the Habitats Regulations; and Statement to Defra on SRHCP and IW the SMPs compliance with the Habitat Regulations

M: Statement of environmental particulars

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West Wight Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management Strategy

The West Wight Coastal Strategy was prepared and adopted by us in 2017. It provides updated and essential information on coastal risks for the 84km of coastline from Freshwater to East Cowes. This includes the towns of Freshwater, Yarmouth, Cowes and East Cowes and the surrounding coastline.

You can also read the West Wight Coastal Strategy summary report for more information.

Main report

Map of the strategy coastline (Freshwater to East Cowes)

Main strategy

Summary report


A: Defence condition review

B: Contaminated land review

C: Coastal processes review

D: Flood risk modelling and mapping

E: Stakeholder engagement feedback

F: Economic appraisal

G: Environmental report

H: Habitats regulations assessment report

I: Water framework directive assessment

J: Option development and appraisal

K: Letter of support from Natural England

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