The Challenge of Sea Wall Access
Mayer Brown were initially instructed to design and appropriately locate a new access through the sea wall. We worked closely with the client and relevant bodies to ensure a design that satisfied all parties. Once initial designs were produced and approved by the client we played a key role in the preparation of a planning application for the works, which included the preparation of drawings, a flood risk assessment and Access Statement. Through engagement with the Local Planning Authority, Island Roads (on behalf of the Highway Authority) and the Isle of Wight Coastal Management Section both pre-application and during processing we assisted in securing planning consent for the works.
Due to our success, Seaview Yacht Club chose Mayer Brown to assist in satisfying various conditions imposed on the planning consent. These included detailed design of the seawall access and gates, reconfiguration of the boat storage yard and the production of a Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan. All planning conditions were satisfied by submission of the relevant details, but further work was required to satisfy the Environment Agency and Coastal Management Section. This was formalised by submission of a bespoke environmental permit application to the Environment Agency. Acting as the agent for that application, Mayer Brown successfully brought together the skills of various disciplines to secure the necessary consent for work to take place to the sea wall.