On 22 June 2007, the former Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Ian Pearson, announced the new arrangements for the Environment Agency’s overview role on the future management of coastal erosion and sea flooding in England. The Minister’s announcement included a statement on the proposed arrangements for the coastal strategic overview. The statement included the intention that coastal groups should become more strategic and play a stronger role in the future planning of flood and coastal erosion risk management.
Coastal groups became fewer, to form bigger and more strategic groups. They have consistent terms of reference and membership and have a strong Environment Agency input.
The new coastal groups came into effect in October 2008. For more information on each coastal group, please take the time to view their respective website.