£3 million flood risk action plan to help more than 300 properties

Photo of flooding in UplymeFlooding in Uplyme

Posted on: 14 March 2018

More than 300 homes and businesses will benefit from greater flood protection in the next year as part of Devon County Council’s Flood Risk Management Action Plan.

The County Council’s Cabinet today (Wednesday 14 March) approved a £3 million plan to address the highest priority communities at risk of flooding – exceeding last year’s investment by £1 million.

In the past year, major improvement schemes have been completed at Axminster Millbrook and Braunton. A number of other schemes are already underway, including £1.1 million of improvements in Modbury which are due to be completed by the end of this year, the installation of new culverts at Uplyme and culvert repairs at Moreton Park in Bideford.

The schemes in this year’s action plan will increase the resilience of a number of communities. Work is expected to start on surface water drainage improvements in Chillington, a new surface water culvert will be installed in Frogmore, and a flood relief culvert will be introduced in Stibbs Lane in Ivybridge.

Designs are nearing completion for proposed flood alleviation work in Stokeinteignhead. Final details and a business case are also being prepared for a surface water improvement scheme in Sidmouth.

Councillor Roger Croad

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for environmental services, said: “This winter has been another reminder of the flood risk which is still very real across Devon and compared to last year we’re drawing down an extra £1 million of Defra Grant in Aid to deliver schemes over the next 12 months. Our prioritised approach through our action plan is making a difference and is reducing flood risk to some of the most vulnerable areas in the county.”

New studies will be funded to progress designs for potential schemes in future. Studies are underway in Barnstaple, Beeson and Broadhempston, while further investigations are being carried out in Exmouth, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth, South Pool and Ugborough.

The County Council is also working in partnership with the Environment Agency on Natural Flood Management pilot studies. This includes an initiative which will run in Ottery St Mary over the next two years, working collaboratively with the East Devon Catchment Partnership, to test how these techniques can enhance engineered flood defences and help reduce run-off.

More than 20 properties have benefited from the installation of up to £5,000 worth of flood resilience measures through the County Council’s Property Level Resilience (PLR) grant scheme, and applications have been received for over 20 more.

More information is available on the County Council Cabinet report.

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