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Addressing the challenges –
planning for people at the coast
Rob Young
Coast & Community Partnerships Manager
robert.young...
A tale of two villages
The challenges
Wicked problems - common objectives
Uncomfortable knowledge - sound understanding
Clumsy mistakes - elegant...
The Dynamic Coast
Policy background
• Post-war defences for coastal settlements
• Further development
• 2003 policy change in response to ‘b...
Happisburgh: a euphemism
for blight (or fight?)
1888
1905
1938
1992
2001
Photograph courtesy of Mike Page
Not the brick outhouse!
Removing and replacing
houses that are
imminently threatened by
erosion
www.northnorfolk.org/coastal
Relocating Facilities and Establishing a ‘Buffer’
www.northnorfolk.org/coastal
Relocation of the Cliff Top Caravan Site
www.northnorfolk.org/coastal
Understanding and Recording Coastal Heritage
We can’t ignore change;
we must manage it - together
Three lessons:
Thank you
Rob Young
Coast & Community Partnerships Manager
robert.young@north-norfolk.gov.uk
www.northnorfolk.gov.uk
01263...
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  • Some of you may have visited the North Norfolk Coast when your conference was held at the UEA some years ago. The pace of change in Norfolk is slow, but not for all things. In that time it has become significantly smaller. The rate at which the coastline has receded closely correlates with that at which my hairline has – in which case you may not recognise me!
  • Happisburgh
  • People have always bee affected
  • It’s always been of human interest - people have always wanted to look over the edge!
  • The railway cottages were built
  • At which point engineers began to make predictions and draw lines
  • The SMP was developed and published
  • This didn’t ‘Manage’ anything.
  • Meanwhile, the impacts were becoming all too apparent…….
  • Lack of investment causing blight and dereliction
  • Defences reached point of no return
  • Turning point was when ramp was lost
  • Beach strewn with debris of failed defences and rendered unusable
  • The shape of the coast became more pronounced and it was clear that the community was increasingly vulnerable and that there was no going back
  • Also no way forward
  • It was apparent that the coast was the coast was not metaphorically one of these! So what was to be done?
  • Complex, unprecedented set of issues: but no resources, no policy, no mechanisms, no idea!
  • Start campaigning – for social justice
  • Start talking to people
  • Start scribbling
  • Urgent need to take some action
  • The community contributed more that £50k for temporary rock defences – buying time
  • We could then begin a meaningful dialogue – leading to the coastal change Pathfinder projects
  • Development of a roll-back policy: businesses and dwellings (houses not households). Pathfinder award adaptation in advance of change stability/ normality tackling dereliction and blight maintaining investment enabling individuals to move on with their lives
  • Acquired 9 houses for demolition
  • Complex demolition – neighbouring bungalow remains. Cliff top
  • We worked with a landoSacrifices in the name of managing coastal change
  • The car park, beach access ramp, picnic area and enhanced cliff top environment
  • Some of you may have visited the North Norfolk Coast when your conference was held at the UEA some years ago. The pace of change in Norfolk is slow, but not for all things. In that time it has become significantly smaller. The the rate at which the coastline has receded closely correlates with that at which my hairline also has!
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    1. 1. Addressing the challenges – planning for people at the coast Rob Young Coast & Community Partnerships Manager robert.young@north-norfolk.gov.uk www.northnorfolk.gov.uk 01263 516162 Rob Young Coast & Community Partnerships Manager robert.young@north-norfolk.gov.uk www.northnorfolk.gov.uk 01263 516162
    2. 2. A tale of two villages
    3. 3. The challenges Wicked problems - common objectives Uncomfortable knowledge - sound understanding Clumsy mistakes - elegant solutions
    4. 4. The Dynamic Coast
    5. 5. Policy background • Post-war defences for coastal settlements • Further development • 2003 policy change in response to ‘better’ understanding of coastal processes and sea level rise • Reduced funding for coast defences • Coastal change impacts • No funding (or method) to manage coastal change • No compensation or mitigation • 2009 Coastal Change Pathfinder: to trial new ways for communities to adapt to coastal change
    6. 6. Happisburgh: a euphemism for blight (or fight?)
    7. 7. 1888
    8. 8. 1905
    9. 9. 1938
    10. 10. 1992 2001
    11. 11. Photograph courtesy of Mike Page
    12. 12. Not the brick outhouse!
    13. 13. Removing and replacing houses that are imminently threatened by erosion
    14. 14. www.northnorfolk.org/coastal Relocating Facilities and Establishing a ‘Buffer’
    15. 15. www.northnorfolk.org/coastal Relocation of the Cliff Top Caravan Site
    16. 16. www.northnorfolk.org/coastal Understanding and Recording Coastal Heritage
    17. 17. We can’t ignore change; we must manage it - together Three lessons:
    18. 18. Thank you Rob Young Coast & Community Partnerships Manager robert.young@north-norfolk.gov.uk www.northnorfolk.gov.uk 01263 516162 Rob Young Coast & Community Partnerships Manager robert.young@north-norfolk.gov.uk www.northnorfolk.gov.uk 01263 516162
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