The Regional Habitat Compensation Programme (RHCP) is a strategic programme run by
the Environment Agency.
The RHCP is the Government’s agreed mechanism for delivering strategic habitat compensation
for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) to ensure compliance with the
Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (commonly referred to as the
Habitats Regulations). The compensatory requirement passed on to the RHCP from Shoreline
Management Plans (SMPs) is the amount of habitat required to address the adverse
impacts on European sites from the SMP policies due to coastal squeeze and saline
In the Solent and South Downs area, the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP)
is working with the Environment Agency to deliver the programme. The Solent and South
Downs RHCP covers the area from Hurst Spit in the west to Beachy Head in the east
and includes the north coast of the Isle of Wight.
Full details and 2017 annual review online very soon