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Thursday, January 2, 2014
District planners have approved a new scheme to alleviate flooding at Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club and nearby homes.
The area around the cricket ground in Granary Lane has proved susceptible to flooding from the River Otter in recent years, with the pitch underwater again in the run-up to Christmas.
The new scheme, brought forward by the Environment Agency, will see a raised embankment built, to stop water spilling over from the cricket pitch into homes, and a lowered spillway to help drain the water back into the river.
The plan was previously backed by Budleigh Salterton Town Council, and now East Devon District Council’s development management committee has granted planning permission.
Officers said that while the works may have some impact on the appearance of the area, which is inside the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the short term, the long term benefits of the plan were enough to outweigh this.
Budleigh councillor and committee member Alan Dent said: “Anything that can be done to alleviate flooding in that bottom end of Granary Lane will be welcomed by just about everybody in Budleigh, especially those who live that way.”
It is hoped that work on the scheme will now begin in the new year.