Development in areas of coastal change: a comparative analysis

Bates, Lindsey (2010) Development in areas of coastal change: a comparative analysis. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Coastlines have long been considered an appropriate and desirable location for numerous forms of development. Subsequently, settlements have flooded and properties have been toppling over the edge of cliffs for centuries, but with predicted sea level rise and the prospect of more intense weather conditions, the protection of coastal development is a topical and emotive issue. This study reviews and analyses French and English policy approaches to the planning and management of existing and future development in areas prone to coastal change. Semi-structured interviews are utilised to establish views on the effectiveness of the English approach. A comparative policy analysis further enables an assessment to be made regarding the transferability of the French approach to coastal planning and management in England. The results of the study infer that the English approach to coastal planning and management has been significantly updated and improved over the last two years, although the recent nature of these changes renders it difficult to analyse the policy’s impact in practice. The results further suggest that the principle and implementation of French risk management plans could be transferred to the English system of management, yet the fundamental framework of financial security in the French system would require a radical change in English government principles in order to attain successful transferability. The study concludes that the English coastal planning system has been successful in improving provisions for the planning and management of development in areas of coastal change in many ways; and although there are lessons to be learned from the French approach, it is vital to allow time for the new provisions in English policy to be implemented and take effect before the system is altered or changed again.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2011 16:36
    Last Modified: 24 Jul 2015 09:41

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