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Flood prevention scheme is finally approved

Alistair Dewhirst, Devon County Councillor for Ipplepen and the Kerswells has welcomed the new scheme

An extra £60,000 has been pledged for flood protection work in Stokeinteignhead.

Around 45 properties in the village, near Newton Abbot, are currently at risk of flooding.

The new prevention scheme, which will cost £780,000, follows feedback from residents and agencies.

Following severe weather in 2012, which flooded a dozen properties in the village, a number of site investigations and land negotiations were started to agree 'the most cost beneficial scheme'. 

In 2016 some improvements were made to the drainage in the lower end of the village while the remainder of the scheme was drawn up.

The new scheme includes:

  • Improvements to highway drainage, increasing the capacity of culverts and pipes in Dean Road and Stoke Road where there are currently “pinch points”;
  • The installation of Property Flood Resilience to individual properties. For the majority of properties this is likely to be measures on boundary walls;
  • Natural Flood Management will also be developed through the installation of measures such as woody debris dams, and scrapes, which are shallow depressions with gently sloping edges that seasonally hold water and provide a habitat for wildlife.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for environment, said: "The initial work a few years ago reduced risk to a small number of properties but it was an essential element to support this next phase of improvements. 

"Our flood risk team have worked closely with local residents, parish council and local member to develop a final scheme that was affordable and yet still delivered considerable flood protection to properties which would otherwise remain a high risk in terms of vulnerability to flooding."

Alistair Dewhirst, Devon County Councillor for Ipplepen and the Kerswells, said: "This is great news for our community. Many of the 45 houses affected have experienced flooding over the years and when this scheme is finished they will be able to sleep soundly in the knowledge that their properties are now protected. 

"I want to thank the Devon County engineers who have worked so hard to bring this large scheme forward, to the Parish Council and the householders who have actively engaged with us, and finally to the Cabinet who have supported the project with such a large budget.

"My hope is that by Fuzzy Dee next year the engineering works will all be finished and the community will be able to enjoy living in this beautiful village safe in the knowledge that their houses will be protected for generations to come."

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