EA seeks planning permission for Totnes flood defence scheme

Environment Agency (EA) plans for a scheme to reduce flood risk to more than 400 homes and businesses in Totnes have been submitted to South Hams District Council (SHDC). The estimated cost of the works is £3.8 million.

Proposals put forward by the EA involve improving the existing flood defences along the River Dart from the mainline railway bridge to the Steam Packet Inn. Other measures include providing a new flood wall within Morrisons car park, raising Ashford slipway, the provision of flood resilience measures to individual properties and flood gates.

Tom Buxton-Smith, an EA engineer, said: “Since the construction of the original defences we know flood risk has changed and in recent years there have been at least two occasions where some of the properties in the town have come close to flooding. The proposed work will reduce flood risk to hundreds of properties.

“By using the existing flood defences we hope to be able to carry out improvements in a cost-effective way which minimises disruption in the town during construction.”

Designs for the scheme were drawn up following discussions with landowners and property owners and a public drop-in session in the town in April.

Buxton-Smith added: “Residents were supportive of our designs and were keen the finished defences would be sympathetic to the unique town of Totnes.”

The planning application is due to be discussed by the council’s Development Management Committee on January 18, 2017. If the application is approved, work will start early next year.

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