Yaverland Coastal Defence Scheme: Short List Consultation

Closes 1 Dec 2023

Opened 23 Oct 2023


The Environment Agency and Isle of Wight Council are working together to manage coastal erosion and flood risk from the sea. Climate change is bringing more frequent and severe floods and storm events. The coastal defences in Yaverland include the sea wall and groynes. The beach also provides an important role by protecting the coastline behind it. The sea wall and groynes are in a poor condition and are reaching the end of their useful life. Without intervention the risk and severity of flooding and coastal erosion will continue to increase.

We have been looking at what we can do to manage coastal erosion and flood risk from the sea in Yaverland. We’ve narrowed it down to a short list of 5 options. Come and find out more about the options at one of our public exhibition drop-in events. Your feedback will help us to determine a preferred option.

We have produced the following information for our public exhibitions to help explain what the scheme is about, what we have been doing so far and how we arrived at our short list of options:

Exhibition banner 1 - Introduction

Exhibition Banner 2 - Scheme extent

Exhibition Poster 1 - Survey and Investigations

Exhibition Poster 2 - Constraints and Opportunities

Exhibition Poster 3 - Measures considered

Exhibition Poster 4 - Project objectives and criteria

Exhibition Poster 5 - Short List

You should review these documents before completing the consultation. 

A plain text version is available here.

If you require these documents in a different format please don't hesitate to contact us: IOW_FDschemes@environment-agency.gov.uk

Our online consultation is running from Monday 23 October 2023 to Friday 1 December 2023.

It is not a statutory requirement to consult on options for a coastal defence scheme. We would however like to understand the views and opinions of the end user, and recognise that this is good practice. The Environment Agency are running this consultation, and will do so in accordance with the guidance set out in the Government’s Consultation Principles.

If you have any queries or complaints about the way this consultation has been carried out, please email consultation.enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk

Why your views matter

From a survey we ran over the summer of 2022, you told us that it is a local priority to reduce flood and coastal erosion risk both now and in the future between Yaverland and Sandown.

We have identified a number of options all of which need further investigation to decide which, if any, we should take forward. We now want to carry out a more detailed consultation, to hear your views on the options we have been investigating. We would also like your general feedback to help make sure we have considered all possible options before developing a design. The proposals will not eliminate the risk of coastal erosion and flooding, only lessen it.

We encourage you to submit your response to the consultation online, which will enable us to manage your comments more effectively. It will also help us to gather and summarise responses quickly, accurately and cost effectively.

If you respond online and provide an email address, your response will be automatically acknowledged, and you will receive a receipt.  

Paper copies can be requested by contacting us at IOW_FDschemes@environment-agency.gov.uk. Copies are also available at Sandown Library. Sandown library is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9.00 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 17.00. Please return completed questionnaires to Sandown Library.

Alternatively, completed paper copies can be sent to:

Environment Agency, 20 Manners View, Newport, PO30 5FA Marked 'Yaverland Coastal Defence Scheme'.

The questionnaire will close at 11:59pm on 1 December 2023.

We, the Environment Agency, will keep your details until the scheme is complete.

We will publish a summary of responses on Citizen Space within 12 weeks of this consultation closing. We will not publish any personal data.  We will not respond individually to responses. 

In line 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. For more information see our Personal Information Charter.

We are running this consultation in accordance with the guidance set out in the government's consultation principles. 

If you have any questions or complaints about the way this consultation has been carried out, please contact  consultation.enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk

Privacy and Keeping in touch

The information you provide will be shared with Isle of Wight Council, JBA Consulting and VolkerStevin (our contractors), who are working with us on this scheme. This includes any personal data such as your name and contact details.

We will not share your personal data with any other third party without your explicit consent unless required to do so by law. Please be assured that your personal data will be handled securely, and will be deleted once the scheme is complete.

You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at IOW_FDschemes@environment-agency.gov.uk.

We are the data controller for the personal data you provide.

For further information on how we deal with your personal data, please see our Personal Information Charter or contact our Data Protection Team at DataProtection@environment-agency.gov.uk. Our privacy notice can be viewed here

Give us your views


  • Blast from the past 2023: Dinosaur Isle Culver Parade Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8QA

    From 18 Nov 2023 at 10:00 to 19 Nov 2023 at 16:00

    We are delighted that Dinosaur Isle Museum have invited us to Blast from the past 2023. The event is for local people to find out about the Island’s heritage. Visitors are being asked to make a token charge of £1/ visitor. This is another opportunity to view our exhibition before the consultation window closes.


  • Businesses
  • Charities
  • Statutory organisations
  • NGOs
  • Members of the public
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Local councils
  • Academics
  • Environment Agency customers
  • Environment Agency colleagues


  • Flood management
  • Coastal management