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The Environment Agency wants to reduce flood risk in Totnes by improving the existing flood defences which were built in the 1970s. Since the original defences were built what is known about flood risk has changed and in 2008 and 2014 some properties in the town came close to flooding from the River Dart.
The Environment Agency has been granted planning permission by South Hams District Council for a scheme to reduce flood risk to more than 400 homes and businesses in Totnes.
The work will involve improving the existing 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, providing flood resilience measures to individual properties, and flood gates.
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 2016 and follow-up discussions have been taking place since that time.
The designs, and the approved planning application, are available from South Hams District Council. You can search for application number 3282/16/FUL.
The estimated cost of the works is £3.8million.
Update: June 2017
More than 350 metres of wall raising has already been carried out in the Broadmarsh Industrial Estate. The Environment Agency forecasts these works will be completed by the end of July 2017. Works has started between Throgmorton House and the Steam Packet Inn (please note the Steam Packet Inn is open for business as usual), Morrisons car park (Morrisons will also be open for business as usual), Dye House Quay and the boundary wall between the Chapel and Ashford slipway. The Environment Agency will then move to the areas of New Walk and around Ashford slipway. The Environment Agency will be in contact with landowners in due course to make them aware of the specifics of the works. However, if you have not received notification and would like to find out more please contact us.
The Environment Agency is also making improvements to the existing quay wall at Steamer Quay in Totnes. The quay wall was in poor condition and needed urgent repair to ensure the existing flood defences are maintained. This work is now completed with the exception of landscaping works. The Environment Agency will be restoring the full car park so that it can be used by members of the public. This work was separate from the main project and did not require planning permission to be carried out.
How you can reduce your risk of flooding
The risk of flooding can never be completely removed, but you can take steps to prepare for flooding and to reduce its impact on your life, home or business. You can do this by signing up to our free 24 hour flood warning service to many areas at risk of flooding from main rivers or the sea including Totnes. Sign up online or call Floodline on 0845 988 1188.
For further information email DevonCornwallEnquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk or phone 020847 46314 and 020847 46286.