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Archived news from 2008

Works progress in the compartments

Click on the link below for a summary table showing the progress of works across the project area up to March 2008.

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Compartment 17 - Postwick Marshes

The planning application submitted on November 19th 2007 has now been withdrawn pending the completion of an Appropriate Assessment. Natural England has advised that an Assessment is required because the proposals may have a significant effect on the nearby designated fen sites on the opposite site of the river. Further details are provided in letters sent by BESL to the Broads Authority.

Letter to the Broads Authority regarding withdrawal of planning application no1
Letter to the Broads Authority regarding withdrawal of planning application no2

Compartment 11 Bure - Acle to Great Yarmouth

A planning application for flood defence works was submitted to the Broads Authority on December 3rd 2007. This is for flood defence works on the right bank of the River Bure. Permission was granted on February 8th 2008 and works commenced shortly after.

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Compartment 6 - Upper Thurne, Urgent Works

An application for urgent defence works for the Upper Thurne area was submitted to the Broads Authority in May 2008 and permission granted in July (planning reference 2008/0189) The works are required to maintain some defences that were undermined, and temporarily repaired, during the winter when the area was subject to unseasonally high tides. The full defence works are programmed for 2009.

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Compartment 12 - Limpenhoe Marshes

A planning application for flood defence works was submitted to the Broads Authority on June 20th 2007. This is for flood defence works on the left bank of the River Yare. Planning permission was granted on September 17th 2007. Work started in February 2008.

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Works completed on Dockeney Wall, phase 1 of the works at Geldeston

The defence improvement works on the Dockeney Wall, Geldeston, have been completed. Reseeding has been completed and monitoring is underway measuring settling and vegetation re-growth. The wall completes the line of defence protecting Geldeston village and represents the first phase of the defence works in this area. The design and programme of works was produced after extensive consultation with the residents of Geldeston especially with those whose property ended at, or include the wall as part of their grounds. One of the additional benefits of the scheme were some access steps for one of the landowners who regularly accesses the marshes beyond the wall.

See below pictures showing the completed works.

Click here to read about the Dockeney Wall planning application

Grass-wrack pondweed - article

A paper reviewing the work done to mitgate the impacts of flood defence improvements at South Walsham Marshes (Compartment 2) has been published in Conservation Evidence (www.conservationevidence.com). The paper can be downloaded here, just click on the link shown below.

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Improvements and Enhancements

As part of BESLs ongoing commitment to the Broads area the construction works often extend beyond the remit of just flood defences. Having the staff and resources on site has allowed for a variety of improvement and enhancement schemes to be carried out that might not of otherwise happened. Both private (e.g. installation of piling for the Reedcutters public house in Cantley) and partnership schemes (e.g. improved moorings at Ludham and How Hill in partnership with the Broads Authority) have been carried out in addition to improvements made as a direct result of the works (e.g. the replacement of stiles with self closing gates on many of the improved floodbanks).

Over the course of the year before, during and after photographs will be posted on the individual compartment pages for those compartments where the works have been completed. Additionally news of significant enhancements will be displayed on the News page.

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