Saltfleet to Gibraltar Point Strategy

Closes 22 Mar 2018

Opened 5 Feb 2018


We are reviewing how we will manage coastal flood risk on the Lincolnshire coast between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point over the next 100 years.

Sea defences between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point manage the risk of coastal flooding to around: 20,000 residential homes; 1,700 businesses; 24,500 [1] static caravans; 35,000 hectares of farmland and a bustling tourist industry.

Map of the Lincolnshire coast between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point

A large area of land behind the defenced is at or below mean sea level. Since the 1953 floods, major investment continues to improve and maintain these sea defences between Mablethorpe and Skegness. Hard defences (seawall) and natural sand dunes, in combination with beach nourishment provide a wide defence to manage coastal flood risk.

Up until the early 90s, Lincolnshires beaches were subject to natural erosion, exposing sea defences and the supporting clay layer underneath. Without sand to act as a natural buffer and to take energy out of the waves, the risk of defences being breached was increased.

In 1991 the county's first coastal management plan was approved with a sand renourishment programme launched in 1994, known as Lincshore. As a result the beaches have been annually maintained at a healthy level. Lincshore is reviewed every five years´╗┐ to ensure it remains a cost-effective and sustainable way of managing coastal flood risk in the area.

All reviews concluded that beach nourishment in combination with sea walls is a viable coastal flood risk management solution. Due to climate change sea levels are rising and we are experiencing more severe weather conditions. To keep pace with climate change more sand will be required to maintain higher beach levels as we experience greater sand losses.

Stretch of coastline in Lincolnshire

Because of this, we are now exploring beach nourishment alongside a range of viable alternative approaches/options to ensure that we can continue to provide a sustainable and affordable long-term flood risk management solution for communities along Lincolnshire’s coast line.

We are therefore working in partnership to conduct a full strategy review of coastal flood risk management for the coastline between Saltfleet to Gibraltar Point over the next hundred years.  We have been engaging with key stakeholders, who have helped us reduce a long list of options to a shortlist of six. We are bringing these six options forward to a formal public consultation from February this year. As part of the consultation, a number of drop-in events have been organised along the coast, which will offer an opportunity to learn more and to have your say.

Once the consultation opens you can submit your views online by completing the online consultation questionnaire. To make sure you are well informed of the options presented, please read the pre-questionnaire documents before completing. The best way to help manage the risk of coastal flooding in the area may be a combination of these options.

For more details on the consultation drop-in events please see below or contact:

[1] ELDC submitted core strategy Feb 2016-2031

Why We Are Consulting

We have been working in partnership and engaging with key stakeholders to develop a shortlist of six options to bring to a public consultation.

It is vital that the communities affected are well informed of the options presented and are given the opportunity to tell us what they think about how coastal flood risk could be managed in the area.

How we will use your information

The Environment Agency will look to make all responses publicly available after the consultation, unless you have specifically requested that we keep your response confidential.

We will not publish names of individuals who respond.

We will also publish a summary of responses on our website in which we will publish the name of the organisation for those resonses made on behalf of organisations.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we may be required to publish your response to this consultation, but will not include any personal information. If you have requested your response to be kept confidential, we may still be required to provide a summary of it.

Give us your views



  • Businesses
  • Charities
  • Statutory organisations
  • NGOs
  • Members of the public
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Local councils


  • Flood management
  • Coastal management