Eastney Beach is identified as a local wildlife site for the valuable and rare vegetated shingle habitat that has flourished here.

The Seafront Masterplan recognises that the vegetated shingle is really valued by those who like to enjoy the wilder and more natural beach here. However some improvements and small-scale development opportunities have been identified in the masterplan to further improve the area.

It is likely that these developments would result in harm to the vegetated shingle habitats unless mitigation measures can be identified to remove the harm. As a result, we have put together a management and restoration plan.

This plan identifies the amount of less valuable habitat which currently exists on the beach and where restoration techniques, such as removal of species which aren’t part of the vegetated shingle, could be used to further enhance the habitat here. This will make sure that the natural environment at Eastney Beach can be preserved whilst allowing improvements to be made to the seafront in the future.

If you have any queries about the SPD, please email us at planningpolicy@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or phone 023 9268 8633.