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Unanimous approval for £12m Exmouth flood project

Devon’s planning authorities have unanimously approved a £12m coastal defence scheme designed to reduced flood risk from the sea for over 1,800 homes and businesses.

The scheme will include new flood embankments and walls along the coast; higher defences placed around the town; strengthening the existing seawall, improving drainage, new flood gates and additional set-back defences.

Construction on the scheme is due to start this spring and has been deliberately planned to limit any potential impacts to winter birds on the estuary, while also minimising disruption to the seafront during summer.

Rob Butler, Environment Agency project manager, said: "This is a flagship Environment Agency investment and ensures that the town will have improved defences in place for decades to come."

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