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Mr Lyall Cairns, Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership


Mr Matt Hosey, Poole Borough Council

Mr Neil Watson, Environment Agency

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Dr Samantha Cope, Havant Borough Council

Strategies & Plans

Shoreline Management Plans (SMPs)

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Medium Term Plan (MTP)

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 inundation impacts.

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.

Regional Habitat Creation Programme