Proposals put forward by the Environment Agency 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 engineer at the Environment Agency, 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.
The excellent local knowledge of residents really helped shape our designs.
Residents were supportive of our designs and were keen the finished defences would be sympathetic to the unique town of Totnes.
Residents still have the chance to comment on the application and we would encourage those who are supportive of the scheme to share their views with the council - as well as any comments on the design itself.