Artist's impression of the completed sea defences at Rossall.

Welcome to the Fylde Peninsula Coastal Programme Website  


This website has been created to provide local residents, businesses and interest groups with real-time news about the Rossall and Anchorsholme coastal defence schemes, as well as project information and key contacts for the development.

The website will be regularly updated with relevant project news. Our recent news can be found on the Project Updates page and the latest news feeds on this page.

You will find your frequently asked questions on the FAQs page. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for then please feel free to contact us directly.



Project overview

The Fylde Peninsula Coastal Programme (FPCP) is a partnership between Wyre Council, Blackpool Council, Fylde Borough Council, the Environment Agency, Lancashire County Council and United Utilities. Balfour Beatty has been appointed as the main contractor to construct the £86million coastal defence schemes at Rossall and Anchorsholme, which will greatly reduce the risk of flooding to the local community. Working with the FPCP, Balfour Beatty will be delivering two kilometres of coastal defence from Rossall Hospital to Rossall Point. In Anchorsholme, a one kilometre coastal sea wall will be developed from Kingsway to Little Bispham.

Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS)

The Rossall and Anchorsholme coastal defence schemes are registered to Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS). The Considerate Constructors Scheme is the national initiative set up by the construction industry to improve its image.

Construction sites and companies that register with the Scheme are monitored against a Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements. This initiative encourages contractors to give a commitment over and above the legal minimum site requirements regarding:

  • Cleanliness

  • Responsibility

  • Quietness

  • Tidiness

  • Safety

  • Accountability

The Scheme is concerned about any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole. The main areas of concern fall into three categories: the general public, the workforce and the environment.

For more information, please visit or click here to download the CCS Scheme Overview brochure

Latest news- Rossall

Rossall Sea Defences Win National Construction Award

Published 6.4.17

Wyre Council, Balfour Beatty and the Environment Agency have been awarded a Bronze Award at the Considerate Constructors Scheme awards ceremony, in recognition of work to build new sea defences at Rossall.

The annual national awards recognise sites that have raised the bar for considerate construction. They look at the measures put in place to be more considerate towards local neighbourhoods, the public, the workforce, and the environment.

CCS Award March 2017
Representatives from Wyre Council, Balfour Beatty and the Environment Agency receiving the Bronze Award.
L-R: Jon Fenn (BB), Kathrine Pye (WC), Graham Scarlett (BB), Rob Halliwell (BB), Andrew Shore (EA), Cllr Roger Berry (WC), Dave Rimmer (BB), Carl Green (WC), Phil Dilworth (BB)

Wyre Council is replacing two kilometres of sea defences, from Rossall Hospital to Rossall Point, in a £63m coastal defence scheme that will protect 7,500 properties from the risk of flooding. Work recently commenced to develop an ecology park on the landward side of the defences from West Way to Fairway, to enhance the area through its visual impact and environmental footprint.

Carl Green, Head of Engineering at Wyre Council, said: “This award in the £50million plus category represents significant recognition for the work the combined Wyre Council and Balfour Beatty team is undertaking. To construct such a significant piece of infrastructure whilst minimising the negative impact on the local community and actively engaging, involving and being part of Fleetwood is an excellent example to the whole construction industry.”

Rossall forms part of the wider Fylde Peninsula Coastal Programme, a partnership between Wyre Council, Blackpool Council, Fylde Council and the Environment Agency to replace sea defences in the largest coastal improvement scheme in the country.

Mark Farrah, Balfour Beatty Regional Managing Director, North and Midlands, said: “We are delighted to have won the Bronze Award for our work on the Rossall coastal defence scheme. It’s fantastic recognition for the commitment we’ve made to the local community and all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to deliver social benefit to the 7,500 residents nearby.

“The landscaping work marks the beginning of the end of construction for the Rossall sea defences. Once complete, Rossall and Anchorsholme will be the largest coastal protection scheme in the UK helping to protect thousands of homes, businesses and the local community from the risk of flooding.”

Larkholme Grasslands

The new ecology park will be created on a 1.5km strip of land between West Way and Fairway and will be known as Larkholme Grasslands. The area is already classed as a Biological Heritage Site because of the rare species of flora and fauna that grow there. It will be enhanced to allow residents to enjoy the rich and diverse wildlife and will feature specially created sculptures, designed by Mythic Coast artist Stephen Broadbent.

Colourful aluminium grassland beacons will stand tall at pedestrian access points along the promenade and as way-finders connecting paths to the promenade. Hand carved wooden artworks will illustrate a new story about the grasslands' ecology, and seating, pathways and bridges will be added to make the whole area more accessible and enjoyable.

Public Information Events

Two public information events are being held at Marine Hall, The Esplanade, Fleetwood on Wednesday 12 April - 2pm-4pm and 5pm-7pm. Residents can drop in and find out more about plans to transform the site, and artist Stephen Broadbent will be on hand to discuss his designs.

The new sea defences are due to be completed in November 2017 when the promenade will also re-open. Larkholme Grasslands will be completed in spring 2018.

To find out more call into the information cabin at West Way car park which is open Monday to Friday, 7.30am to 5.30pm.

Latest news- Anchorsholme

Princes Way Re-opens as Sea Defence Works Near Completion

Published 13.10.16, updated 17.11.16

With construction works on the new £27m sea defences in Anchorsholme nearing completion, Princes Way road reopened to traffic on 4 November 2016.

completed section of new sea wall at anchorsholme

The road re-opened in both directions and has been timed to ease potential congestion as Anchorsholme Lane West closed on the same day to allow for the renovations at Anchorsholme Park by United Utilities as part of their on-going programme of investment to improve water quality along the Fylde Coast.

Princes Way, which was prone to severe flooding during bad weather and high tides, has now been raised to the same level as Anchorsholme Park. This is designed to prevent the road closures previously caused by flooding and also provide park users with a convenient access from the Promenade.

elevated road princes way 2

Once completed the new sea defences will provide better flood protection to around 4,500 properties.

Some additional work to the headland adjacent to Princes Way will need to be completed in the New Year and while it is hoped that the road will remain open during this time, temporary traffic lights will be required.

Cllr Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Municipal Assets, said: “I’m really pleased that we’re able to open Princes Way to traffic again and it’s something that we’ve been keen to make happen as soon as possible.

“As well as the road re-opening to traffic, most of the new sea front promenade will be available for people to use, which is exciting.

“With the road being completely closed to all traffic while the construction work has gone on, people will barely recognise the area when they revisit. The road has been elevated significantly and the battered old sea defences have been replaced with a brand new public realm that not only is pleasant to visit but, more importantly, keeps the sea at bay.

wave breakers at anchorsholme sea defence works

“Over £100m worth of investment is taking place in Anchorsholme at the moment with the sea defence scheme and United Utilities reconstruction of the park. I am extremely grateful to the neighbours for being so patient while the construction work continues and can guarantee them that the end result will be worth the short term disruption.”

Simon Barker, Balfour Beatty’s Project Director, said: “The series of major new coastal defences across Rossall and Anchorsholme represents the largest flood defence programme in the UK currently.

“Local residents have been very supportive and understanding of the necessary closure of the promenade, so we’re pleased that they’ll soon be able to view the results of this vital work to protect properties and businesses in this community.”

Andy Shore, Environment Agency’s Flood and Coastal Risk Management Senior Advisor, said: “The Environment Agency is committed to increasing the resilience of people, property and businesses to the risks of flooding and coastal erosion.

“In Lancashire on the Fylde coast we are working closely with Blackpool Council, Wyre Council, Fylde Council and our contractors Balfour Beatty to ensure investments in flood and coastal risk management provides economic and environmental benefits to local communities.”