BCP Seafront Strategy

Published 21st July 2021, updated 6th October 2021

BCP Council is developing a new Seafront Strategy in consultation with those who live, work and visit the area, which will help shape our approach to protecting, managing and developing the seafront and harbour coastline over the next 20 years.

The Strategy aims to establish a ‘World Class Seafront’ promoting inward investment, tourism, community use, wellbeing and sustainability, whilst protecting our natural environment and celebrating the distinctive identities of each section of our coastline.

The new strategy aims are described in the video below by BCP’s Andrew Emery, Resort Development and Strategic Planning Manager, together with Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Culture …

Online consultation closed

Contributions to the consultation closed 26th September 2021 for evaluation and review. The project team will report back on key outcomes.

Please check bcpcouncil.gov.uk/seafrontstrategy for updates.

As well as the online public consultation, the Council held consultation workshops with key stakeholders during the summer as well as a series of half day roadshows across the seafront.

In addition, the bi-annual Seafront Visitor Survey in July and August carried out over a thousand interviews with randomly selected visitors across the seafront. Some of the results will be considered alongside this consultation.

View the character areas that form the basis of the Seafront Strategy

BCP Council manages more than 40 miles of diverse coastline, incorporating seafront and harbourside areas, from sensitive natural environments to some of the UK’s busiest tourist beaches. 

Use the ‘hover’ function on the image below for enlarged detail, or download the PDF  (17.2Mb)

BCP Seafront Strategy Statement 2020

An interim document which preceded the development of a new BCP Seafront Strategy started 2021

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