Poole & Christchurch Bays Coastal & Flood Risk Management

Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management

Projects along the coast of Poole & Christchurch Bays, Dorset

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We are Recruiting

The FCERM team at BCP Council provide expertise to address the challenges of flooding and coastal change. We are currently looking for outstanding Flood Risk/Senior Flood Risk Officers, and a Senior Engineer, with the drive and passion to help us develop as an FCERM Centre of Excellence.

30 August, 2023

Repair and Upgrade of Hengistbury Head Long Groyne

BCP Council has submitted a planning application for the repair and upgrade of the Hengistbury Head Long Groyne, which plays a critical role in reducing coastal erosion and is a stabilising feature of Poole Bay and Christchurch Bay.

Report Flooding

If your home, business or local green space has flooded or has had a near flood event in the last 5 years, you can report it using the Flood Online Reporting Tool. Your report will help us to better understand where and why areas flood … Read More

Coastal Erosion Risk Management

Coastal Erosion Risk Management

Protecting property and infrastructure from the eroding forces of wind and waves through the use of hard and soft coastal defences.

Our coast protection depends mainly on the level and width of our beaches, which means they must be constantly maintained. It is also necessary to repair, replace or add to existing beach control structures such as groynes, that help keep beach material in place. This website records the Coastal Management work that is helping to safeguard beachfront and cliff-top property and infrastructure … [read more]

Flood Risk Management

Flood Risk Management

Protecting property and infrastructure from flood water damage during periods of severe weather.

There are two types of flooding in and around coastal areas; from sea harbours and estuaries during tidal surges and surface water from heavy rain storms. Protection from tidal flooding is achieved by raising the land near to the waters edge by building walls etc. Protection from rain storm flooding, once it has overwhelmed the sewerage systems, is by slowing down the water flow and creating storage areas … [read more]


Poole & Christchurch Bays Shoreline Management Plan (SMP2)

A Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) sets out the policy for managing our coastline and how we respond to the threat of coastal flooding and the risks of erosion

SMP2 was published in 2010 and promotes management policies over a 20, 50 and 100 year period. It is a high level non-statutory policy document that aims to balance the risks with natural processes and the consequences of climate change. It needs to take account of existing defences and the natural and built environments, and be compatible with adjacent coastal areas … [read more]