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Devon flood risk management action plan approved

News // March 10, 2017

A £2.5 million action plan to provide greater flood protection to more than 300 homes has been agreed by Devon County Council’s Cabinet.

Councillors have approved the County Council’s Flood Risk Management Action Plan to target flood improvements in priority areas across Devon.

A number of major schemes are due to be completed this year, including phase two of Axminster Millbrook which is due to get underway later this month, and road drainage improvements in Braunton which is already underway.

The Exeter Flood Defence scheme, to which the County Council contributed £3 million and is scheduled to be completed in 2018, is ongoing.

Flood improvement works are proposed in Atherton Way in Tiverton, Bishops Tawton, Cullompton, East Budleigh, Lympstone, Ottery St Mary, Topsham, and Whimple, some of which are being developed by, or in partnership with, the Environment Agency, South West Water, and local District and City Councils.

A number of studies will be conducted as part of the programme – including those to develop options for flood improvements in Kingsbridge and Old Feniton, investigating surface water management in Barnstaple, scheme design preparation in Uplyme, as well as continued ground water monitoring in Stokeinteignhead to inform the final design of works proposed in 2018.

Detailed designs will be drawn up for improvements in Ivybridge, and surface water improvements in Sidmouth, and a funding bid and planning application will also be submitted for a flood management scheme in Modbury.
Over the past year, Devon County Council has invested more than £1.6 million on flood management measures.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management and Flood Prevention, said: “Flood protection has been improved for more than 280 properties in Devon over the past year, and this Action Plan for the coming financial year will help a further 300 properties. Our investment has to be prioritised, but we’re reducing the risk to homes and businesses.

“As the Lead Local Flood Authority we’re committed to implementing measures to reduce flood risk to communities across Devon. The devastating effect of flooding can impact on Devon’s economy and the wellbeing of local people. As well as progressing with schemes, this Plan will fund studies and design work to inform future improvements.”

As part of the latest Action Plan, a grant scheme will also be set up to enable individual property owners to request up to £5,000 of support for measures to prevent water entering their property. This will be from a limited funding source, including an indicative allocation in Defra’s six year programme and matched by Devon County Council, and will follow a strict prioritisation criteria to help those properties suffering frequent flooding but unlikely to benefit from any major flood improvements in their area.

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