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The Environment Agency is planning to reduce tidal flood risk to properties in Starcross and Cockwood. Once complete, the project is expected to reduce flood risk to over 600 properties. The project was accelerated as part of the March 2015 Budget announcement regarding England’s 6-year flood defence programme and was identified as one of the priority schemes detailed in the Exe Estuary Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy (EEFCRMS).
The coastal villages of Starcross and Cockwood lie on the west side of the Exe Estuary in Devon. The area has a long history of tidal flooding, dating back hundreds of years. With climate change resulting in an ever changing coastline and with predicted sea level rise, the Environment Agency is starting work on a tidal defence scheme for the area.
There are a number of areas within Starcross and Cockwood that have been identified as key flood routes and the Environment Agency will be considering these as part of the proposed scheme.
The areas identified can be viewed on Flickr.
Proposed timings and next steps
The Environment Agency gained funding approval for the project in August 2016. It is currently reviewing scheme designs and will be looking to share these with the community soon. The Environment Agency hopes to meet landowners/businesses/residents who are directly affected by the works this winter, and will hold a public exhibition that will be open to all, so that people can see its plans before it submits them to the local authority to seek planning permission.
The Environment Agency plans to submit a planning application early in 2017, with a view to start construction work later in 2017. It will be seeking views from people to understand how the works could be managed to minimise any disruption caused.
Consultation held to date
A public exhibition was held in Starcross in October 2015, where local residents could learn more about the proposals. You can view the exhibition posters on Flickr and there is a factual record of the event.