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Planning permission granted for flood defences

Posted by East Suffolk Communications Team on 20 January 2020 | Comments

Planning permission for the construction of flood defences, which will reduce the risk of tidal flooding for people and properties in Lowestoft, has been granted.

On Tuesday 14 January, East Suffolk Council's north planning committee approved two applications; one for tidal flood walls around the Outer Harbour and another for Listed Building Consent, relating to alterations required to the site of the Grade II* listed Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club as part of the works.

Cllr David Ritchie, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Planning and Coastal Management said:

“This is excellent news for Lowestoft; these defences will reduce the risks of tidal flooding for those living and working in the town. As well as helping to protect people and property from the sea, this significant project could unlock new development opportunities and help support further growth.”

The flood walls will run around the Yacht Club and South Pier, with glass tops to allow unrestricted views across the yacht basin and from the Yacht Club building. Solid walls will be built around the north of the harbour, north of the Hamilton Dock basin and to the south of Hamilton Road.

The flood walls are part of the wider Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project (LFRMP) which will also see construction of flood walls and a pumping station to reduce the risk of flooding from the river and from extreme rainfall. Find out more at the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project website