Dune Management Plan

Project name

Greatstone Sand Dune Complex


Greatstone-on-sea, Kent


Shepway District Council (SDC)

Description of Project

The preparation of a detailed Dune Management Plan for the Greatstone frontage.


The inland town of New Romney, located on the Romney Marsh, was historically a port, with the River Rother existing at the Romney Harbour. Following a breach in the southern defences at Lydd, the course of the River Rother was altered and with the intervention of man, New Romney became a Cinque port as the harbour began to silt up and the coastal frontage of Greatstone-on-sea was created – along with a small section of sand dunes. Presently, these sand dunes provide the hinterland protection from coastal flooding and consequently, the management of these dunes as a means of flood protection is of significant importance to SDC. Herrington Consulting were commissioned to undertake a detailed study of the Dune system, with the overall aim to produce a Dune Management Plan.


The detailed report provided SDC with vital information on the creation of the Dune Complex at Greatstone and it’s potential future under climate change conditions. A dune management plan was drawn up to aid the coastal managers at SDC to manage the dune frontage and monitor it’s growth.