Changing Coasts East Riding project

The Changing Coasts East Riding (CCER) project will work with communities to develop and test short and long-term approaches to supporting coastal communities impacted by coastal change. The £15m project, which will run until March 2027, is part of the Government’s Flood and Coast Innovation Programme.

What is the Changing Coasts East Riding project?

The overall aim of Changing Coasts East Riding is to create a long-term, sustainable approach to manage a changing coastline. We will be working closely with local people, businesses and partner organisations to:

  • Improve our understanding of future coastal erosion risk.
  • Support the practical relocation of community assets including homes.
  • Support the creation of long-term place-based transition plans.
  • Develop a long-term plan for sustainable coastal transition in the East Riding.

The conditions attached to the funding of Changing Coasts East Riding mean that the project cannot fund:

  • The construction or maintenance of new or existing flood and coastal defences.
  • Activities in areas already defended under the hold the line policy in the Shoreline Management Policy (SMP).
  • Business-as-usual actions, including property demolition.
  • Action which has been funded under other programmes.
  • Recovery actions following an erosion event.

The project also cannot provide compensation to those who lose their land, homes or businesses as a result of coastal erosion.

What will the Changing Coasts East Riding project do?

The information below provides examples of the activities which could be funded through the Changing Coasts East Riding project.

  • Work with experts to improve our understanding of current and future coastal erosion risk.
  • Replace/relocate community assets (e.g. beach accesses, car parks, amenity spaces) which have been, or will be, lost to coastal erosion.
  • Deliver small-scale community housing schemes to replace properties which will be lost to coastal erosion.
  • Investigate and trial temporary uses of ‘transitional’ coastal land (land where permanent development is no longer appropriate) including the creation and enhancement of coastal habitat.
  • Explore new ways of individuals/businesses financing the purchase/rental of replacement properties.
  • Work with individual communities and businesses to develop bespoke long-term coastal transition plans.

The list is not exhaustive, and we want to talk to individual communities and businesses about their needs and how they see their community in the future. It is vital that communities share their ideas with us, so that they are at the forefront of the decision making and planning process.

How can I get involved?

We want to work with communities and businesses to ensure that the actions developed and delivered through the Changing Coasts East Riding project meet the needs of coastal areas.

As a first stage in this, we hosted a series of drop-in sessions in coastal locations in October and early November 2023.

We would like to thank everyone that attended and contributed to the drop-in sessions.

A summary of the findings from the drop-ins and what we have done since will be published in the first edition of our project newsletter in Spring 2024 with a copy uploaded to this website.

Following this, we are looking to establish local groups to take forward specific actions in specific locations along the East Riding coast.

In the meantime, if you would like further information about the project or to discuss how you can get involved further, please contact the Changing Coasts East Riding team at:

Email: coastal.management@eastriding.gov.uk

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