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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. The designs for the scheme have been finalised and have successfully progressed through planning with planning consent awarded in September 2017. The Environment Agency has had an initial drop in session with the landowners/businesses/residents who are directly affected by the works.
The Environment Agency is seeking to accommodate views from people affected by the works to attempt to manage and 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.
A public drop-in session, prior to the start of the works, is taking place 3pm to 7pm at The Anchor Inn, Cockwood on 18 December 2017.