Swanage Town Centre Flood Defences

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Dorset Council in partnership with BCP Council, Environment Agency, Dorset Coast Forum, Swanage Town Council and the Swanage Coastal Change Forum, are looking at options for coastal flood defences to protect Swanage. The scheme is in the early stages and this consultation is to incorporate feedback on the impacts of the delivery of a proposed flood defence scheme for Swanage.

The proposed scheme has been designed by flood and coastal erosion risk management authorities and at this stage we are consulting with key stakeholders directly impacted by the possible placement of the flood defences. The feedback from this consultation will be included in the outline business case to submit to the Environment Agency for funding to deliver a flood defence scheme. If funding is obtained, there will be further consultation with the wider community and specific groups as the scheme is developed.

Why are flood defences needed in Swanage?

In storm events or high tide and easterly winds, the current sea wall in Swanage suffers from overtopping. Overtopping is where waves are driven over the wall causing problems for both town centre businesses and the local community. This is an ongoing issue and has diverse implications for Swanage, impacting upon the environment, businesses and tourism. The impacts of these events on Swanage have demonstrated the need for improved protection.

Currently, the Environment Agency install seasonal temporary defences to protect the town during the winter months, but flood events are not just restricted to the winter season. With increasingly frequent storms events and rising sea levels, Coastal Engineers are currently working towards the provision of permanent flood defences for Swanage.

When can I find out about the proposed flood defences?

Swanage residents, businesses and organisations who are directly impacted by the proposed flood defences were invited to an online engagement event on Thursday 22nd April to find out more about the proposals. If you were not able to join the event, you can view the presentation and the proposals for the flood defence scheme here.

An online survey is now open to all businesses, organisations and residents located in the Shore Road, The Parade, The Square and Lower High Street areas, who might be directly impacted by the proposed scheme.

This survey is an opportunity for those who might be directly impacted by the proposed scheme to give feedback on what those impacts are and let us know any other information we should consider as the project develops.


Dorset Council in partnership with BCP Council, Environment Agency, Dorset Coast Forum, Swanage Town Council and the Swanage Coastal Change Forum, are looking at options for coastal flood defences to protect Swanage. The scheme is in the early stages and this consultation is to incorporate feedback on the impacts of the delivery of a proposed flood defence scheme for Swanage.

The proposed scheme has been designed by flood and coastal erosion risk management authorities and at this stage we are consulting with key stakeholders directly impacted by the possible placement of the flood defences. The feedback from this consultation will be included in the outline business case to submit to the Environment Agency for funding to deliver a flood defence scheme. If funding is obtained, there will be further consultation with the wider community and specific groups as the scheme is developed.

Why are flood defences needed in Swanage?

In storm events or high tide and easterly winds, the current sea wall in Swanage suffers from overtopping. Overtopping is where waves are driven over the wall causing problems for both town centre businesses and the local community. This is an ongoing issue and has diverse implications for Swanage, impacting upon the environment, businesses and tourism. The impacts of these events on Swanage have demonstrated the need for improved protection.

Currently, the Environment Agency install seasonal temporary defences to protect the town during the winter months, but flood events are not just restricted to the winter season. With increasingly frequent storms events and rising sea levels, Coastal Engineers are currently working towards the provision of permanent flood defences for Swanage.

When can I find out about the proposed flood defences?

Swanage residents, businesses and organisations who are directly impacted by the proposed flood defences were invited to an online engagement event on Thursday 22nd April to find out more about the proposals. If you were not able to join the event, you can view the presentation and the proposals for the flood defence scheme here.

An online survey is now open to all businesses, organisations and residents located in the Shore Road, The Parade, The Square and Lower High Street areas, who might be directly impacted by the proposed scheme.

This survey is an opportunity for those who might be directly impacted by the proposed scheme to give feedback on what those impacts are and let us know any other information we should consider as the project develops.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    What is the proposed scheme?

    The Swanage Town Centre Flood Defences Scheme aims to provide a permanent flood defence scheme to Shore Road and the Mowlem Slipway area, The Square, The Parade and Lower High Street. This central location currently relies on emergency temporary de-mountable flood defences which are deployed in the winter by the Environment Agency to protect from high tides and storms. 

    Dorset Council are leading the progression of a single scheme to protect and mitigate tidal flood risk and in addition, help provide public realm improvements. An outline business case is being developed and will be submitted to the Environment Agency to bid for government funding for the scheme

    A number of proposals have been assessed against key feasibility criteria including; technical, financial, accessibility, maintenance, active/ passive design, heritage and potential for public realm improvements. This has resulted in an outline proposal which we plan to use to support the business case and bid for funding.  If successful, we plan to hold a wider public consultation to move this outline design to a detailed design.

    Your views are important

    This proposal is in its early stages and we plan to make the bid for funding in June 2021.  Before we do, we would like to gather and include the opinions of the businesses, organisations and residents closest to the proposed scheme but you will also be able to share your views again at the public consultation if the funding bid is successful.  Once the business case is submitted to the Environment Agency, we hope to hear the outcome by early Autumn 2021. 

    The proposed scheme is presented in this survey and we have split it up into four sections to gain feedback specifically for those areas.

    Please note this survey will close on Sunday 9th May.


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