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Coast protection in West Dorset

Work at West Bay

Coast protection is the protection of the land from erosion by the sea. West Dorset has approximately 44 kilometres (27 miles) of coast. About 4 kilometres of this is protected by coastal protection schemes.

West Dorset District Council has responsibilities for the management of coast protection along its coastline. That is protection of the land from erosion by the sea. Various strategies are used for managing the erosion along different parts of the coast and these are set out in the shoreline management plans (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window).

A major coastal defence scheme was completed at West Bay in the spring of 2005 and phase 2 of the Lyme Regis Environmental Improvements Scheme, which includes coast protection works along the main front, was opened by Princess Royal on 4 April 2007.

Sea defence is the protection of land and property from flooding by the sea and is the responsibility for the Environment Agency.

Coastal defence covers both erosion and flooding.

  • New paving at West Bay Coast protection schemes - ongoing and completed

    The major coastal defence scheme at West Bay has been completed. Phases 2-4 of the Lyme Regis Environmental Improvements scheme have also been completed. Coast protection schemes have been completed at Ringstead, Seatown and Charmouth.

  • Policies

    West Dorset District Council is a maritime local authority and has responsibilities for coast protection. It can undertake schemes using discretionary powers from the 1949 Coast Protection Act.

  • Shoreline management plans

    These are overall strategies for the future management of the coastline.

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