The land at Tipner West and the surrounding harbour have environmental protections and must be respected. The council has carried out detailed surveys and assessments looking at habitats and species in this area to understand the potential impact of development.
It is also crucial to protect this area from rising sea levels and the risk of flooding. Before any development can take place at Tipner West, proposals for the site will need to show how they will enhance, re-create or compensate the most valuable habitats, including intertidal mudflats and coastal grasslands, and add to local biodiversity.
The council is working with organisations including Natural England, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and RSPB as plans for the site develop.