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Phase IV - multi-million coast work

A £19.5 million plan to save Lyme Regis from the sea has been completed.

Lyme Regis sits on an actively eroding stretch of coast and faces challenges from coastal erosion and land slips.

The Phase IV scheme is a multi-million pound project to protect homes, roads and infrastructure from the effects of coastal erosion in Lyme Regis.

The scheme was officially opened on 17 June 2015 by district council Chairman Peter Shorland:

  • The works have secured around 390 metres of coastline between Church Cliff and East Cliff for the next 50 years
  • Up to 480 homes have been saved from damage or loss of access
  • Major utility pipes and cables that would otherwise be destroyed by ground movement are also protected
  • West Dorset District Council led the scheme and appointed contractor Dean and Dyball Civil Engineering to carry out the works
  • Major construction work began in early April 2013 and took about two years to complete

The Phase IV flyer (pdf, 6Mb) (opens in a new window) contains more details about the project.


Defra funding of £14.6million was secured in March 2012 when the Environment Agency approved the scheme.

West Dorset District Council has contributed £600,000 to the works and Dorset County Council up to £4.27million.

The district council's land stabilisation and coastal protection programme has offered security for the town and safeguarded against the risk of destructive land sliding.

History of the scheme

Phase I was completed in 1995 and won Civic Trust and British Construction Industry awards. It also was a key feature of the council's beacon award for quality of the built environment.

The district council carried out emergency works to address some urgent instability issues in certain areas of the town in 2003/04.

Phase II began in spring 2005 and was completed in 2007 to protect the area from Cobb Gate to the harbour from landslides and coastal erosion.

An exhibition centre, showcasing the plans for Phase IV in more detail, can be viewed at the Marine Parade shelters in Lyme Regis.

Background information 

Coastal Forum presentation one (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window)

Coastal Forum presentation two (pdf, 4Mb) (opens in a new window)

Urgent advanced stabilisation works 2003/04 (pdf, 4Mb) (opens in a new window)

Phase IV appraisal report May 2005 (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

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