Draft Thanet Local Plan - 2031 - Pre-Submission Publication, Regulation 19

Document Section Draft Thanet Local Plan - 2031 - Pre-Submission Publication, Regulation 19 Coastal Development CC03 [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 1479
Respondent Heather Twizell - Natural England [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 04 Oct 2018
Response Type OBJECT
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Policy CC03 - Coastal Development

In our response to the 2015 Preferred Options consultation we raised the concern that coastal developments and defences can potentially prevent natural habitats responding to coastal change and thereby contribute to their loss as sea levels rise through a process known as coastal squeeze. Relevant habitats include mudflats, saltmarsh and shingle beaches. We would suggest including a third clause in this policy along the following lines:

Proposals for new development within 40 metres of the coastline or clifftop must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Council that it:

  1. Will not expose people and property to the risks of coastal erosion and flooding,
  2. Will not accelerate coastal erosion due to increased surface water run off before planning permission can be granted and

3) Has considered the potential for impacts on natural habitats through the process of coastal squeeze or othewise restricting the capacity of the coastline to adjust to sea-levelrise and climate change.