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

Work Begins to Create Mythic Coast Inspired Ecology Park

Work has started to create an ecology park on the landward side of Rossall sea defences from West Way to Fairway.

The 1.5km strip of land will be known as Larkholme Grasslands and is already classed as a Biological Heritage Site because of the rare species of flora and fauna that grow there. The area 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.

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Artists impression

Councillor Roger Berry, Cabinet member with responsibility for sea defences at Wyre Council, said: "This landscaping work will bring the finishing touches to a fantastic new promenade and provide a much more attractive environment for those living behind the sea defences.

"We're making the most of the area's natural features, creating an ecology park that celebrates the plants and insects that make the grasslands special, and in line with feedback from consultation with the public. One aspect of the design we were asked to address by residents was the visual impact of the wall from the highway and beyond. As a result, we're raising the land so that just over a metre of seawall will be all that's visible."

The ecology park will feature artworks that bring to life the diverse range of marine species that give the area its Biological Heritage Site status. Colourful aluminium grassland beacons designed by artist Stephen Broadbent 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, linking the project to the Mythic Coast, an artwork trail based on folklore and myth surrounding the local coastline. Seating, pathways and bridges will be added to make the whole area more accessible and enjoyable.

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Artists impression

Stephen Broadbent, artist, said: "The new Rossall promenade and adjoining Larkholme Grasslands are a significant addition to the Wyre Way coastal path which is developing into a significant and much loved destination. It is also a tremendous opportunity to develop the Mythic Coast story connected with the diverse marine flora and fauna that are being invited to live in their new home. It’s going to be very exciting for local schools and residents to see which plants, bugs and birds come to stay over the years to come."

Public Information Events

Two public information events are being held at Marine Hall, The Esplanade, Fleetwood for residents to drop in and find out more about plans to transform the site:

Wednesday 12 April - 2pm-4pm and 5pm-7pm 

Balfour Beatty is the main contractor for the construction of the new sea defences and landscaping of Larkholme Grasslands. Wyre Council is replacing two kilometres of defences, from Rossall Hospital to Rossall Point, in a £63m coastal defence scheme that will protect 7,500 properties from the risk of flooding.

Mark Farrah, Regional Director of North and Midlands at Balfour Beatty, said: “This work marks the beginning of the end of construction for the Rossall sea defences. Once complete Rossall and Anchorsholme will be the biggest coastal protection scheme in the UK, helping to protect thousands of homes, businesses and the local community from the risk of flooding.”

The first phase of landscaping centres mainly on earthworks, to raise the level of the ground, and some demolition. Turfing, seeding and planting will follow. Rarer plants were translocated away from the site when construction of the sea defences began to prevent damage. There have also been a number of seed collections taken which have been grown offsite ready to be returned at a later date.

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.

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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.”