There is a conflict between the need to preserve and protect the natural character of the coastal environment and provide for appropriate access and development.
A continued pattern of settlement near the coast has placed additional pressure on coastal resources and amenity.
Development in coastal areas has exacerbated the risk to people, property, and infrastructure, particularly from the effects of natural hazards and climate change.
Key issues are addressed by:
- High and outstanding natural character of the coastal environment will be mapped.
- The coastal environment will be managed by an overlay consistent with the Regional Policy Statement.