Sea defence plan for West Wittering home

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In a bid to protect against flooding, a homeowner has submitted an application to build a 150m sea defence on the foreshore of her West Wittering property.

The application seeks to build the oak timber structure under the existing wooded shoreline to protect the footpath and the property, Rookwood House, located off the beach on Rookwood Lane, from potential coastal erosion.

“The Rookwood House site lies at and is characterised by a relatively long fetch to the west and requires a sea defence to prevent erosion to the elevated soft land deposits surrounding it,” the application states.

“Despite such soft deposits the foreshore has remained stable and has not suffered from vertical beach erosion as in other parts of the harbour.

“The need for a sea defence is therefore considered essential to protect the clay deposits from potential rapid erosion.”