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 (PDF 2MB, 1 page)

Main report

Chapters one, two and three: Introduction, glossary, environmental assessment, and basis for the SMP (PDF, 725KB, 53 pages)

Chapter four: The SMP policies - introduction to chapter four (PDF, 275KB, 65 pages)

Chapters five and six: Policy summary and implications, and action plan (PDF, 738KB, 384 pages)


A: SMP Development (PDF, 125KB, 16 pages)

B: Stakeholder engagement (PDF, 8MB, 31 pages)

C1: Coastal processes and climate change (PDF, 9MB, 19 pages)

C2: Defence Appraisal (including maps of coastal defences, maintainer, type, condition and residual life) (PDF, 48MB, 163 pages)

C3: Scenarios of future shoreline change (including ‘No Active Intervention’ and ‘With Present Management’ scenario maps) (PDF, 45MB)

D: Natural and built environment baseline (including maps of nature conservation designations, coastal habitats and heritage features) (PDF, 43MB, 547 pages)

E: Issues and objectives evaluation (PDF, 3MB, 196 pages)

F: Strategic environmental assessment (including addendum) and post adoption statement (PDF, 4MB)

G: Scenario testing (PDF, 3MB, 175 pages)

H: Economic appraisal (PDF, 786KB, 43 pages)

I: Habitat regulations assessment - appropriate assessment (PDF, 18MB, 251 pages)

J: Water Framework Directive (WFD) (PDF, 3MB, 994 pages)

K: Reference list and bibliographic database (PDF, 266KB, 19 pages)

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 (PDF, 4MB, 30 pages))

M: Statement of environmental particulars (PDF, 1MB, 55 pages)

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West Wight Coastal Flood and Erosion Risk Management Strategy

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