Planning application for Exmouth Tidal Defence Scheme due this this month

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 September 2018

Exmouth seafront being battered by high tides. Picture: Contributed

Exmouth seafront being battered by high tides. Picture: Contributed

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The planning application for a multi-million pound scheme to shore-up Exmouth’s sea defences is set to be submitted later this month after views from a public exhibition on the plans were taken onboard.

Exmouth seafront being battered by high tides. Picture: ContributedExmouth seafront being battered by high tides. Picture: Contributed

Hundreds of concerned residents, councillors and traders turned out for an exhibition event held, at Ocean, by the Environment Agency (EA) to gauge the community’s thoughts on its proposals for the Exmouth Tidal Defence Scheme.

It is hoped the project will help to reduce the risk of tidal flooding to homes, businesses and highways in the town from four per cent in any given year to less than one per cent, in the process protecting more than 1,400 residential properties and 400 commercial buildings.

Following the exhibition which gave people the chance to look at and comment on the proposals, it has been announced that a planning application is likely to be formerly submitted by the end of September.

It is hoped that, pending planning approval, work can start early next year and be completed by 2021.

Rob Butler, EA project manager, said: “We were pleased to see such a high level of interest in the scheme.

“People were able to see our designs and discuss them with the project team and we were able to have really useful conversations with people who are likely to be affected by the works.”

If given the go-ahead, EA wants to raise flood defences between the outfall wall of the Withycombe Brook and the Imperial Recreation Ground as well as around the Camperdown Terrace area.

EA also aims to strengthen the existing sea wall between Mamhead Slipway and the Premier Inn, in The 
Esplanade.

EA say they will be working with East Devon District Council on the scheme.

Cllr Tom Wright, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “It was most encouraging to see such a good level of interest in this scheme and to receive a 
diverse, yet much valued 
range of feedback on the proposed plans.

“The scheme is very much focused on the future and the effects of rising sea levels and I hope all residents have confidence that East Devon acting with our partners will do all it can to protect Exmouth going forward.”

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