New armour bid to protect Branscombe beach

Plans for new homes have been submitted to the council.

Plans for new homes have been submitted to the council. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

A new application has been submitted to reinforce the rock armour on Branscombe beach.

Businessman Anthony Sellick, of the Sea Shanty Holiday Park, has altered plans that were rejected by the district council in April.

The proposal seeks to reinforce 200 metres of coastal defences on the east side of the beach. This would combat erosion for a temporary period of 10 years instead of 25.

In the plans, the businessman expresses fears of social and economic harm if the proposals are not approved.

He said: “The whole vitality and viability of the village, its shops, services, and public houses are all intrinsically linked to its important tourism function.

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“Notwithstanding any long term proposals, without protection in the short- to medium-term, it is evident from storm damage caused in recent years that these interests will be seriously threatened - or some of them lost completely.”

The fate of the application will be decided by East Devon District Council.

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