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East Riding Gets Cash to Try New Methods of Living with Coastal Erosion

85 percent of properties at risk from coastal erosion in the UK are either in the East Riding of Yorkshire or North Norfolk.

The East Riding of Yorkshire will get £1.5m to try new ways of alleviating the effects of coastal erosion.

The money is part of a larger £36m pilot project with North Norfolk Council to look at ways of living with coastal erosion rather than directly trying to stop it.

Councillor Chris Matthews is the East Riding's Cabinet member for the environment he says the two areas have the bulk of the nations 'at risk' properties.

Known as the Coastal Transition Accelerator Programme, East Riding of Yorkshire Council will receive funding to help its communities on areas of the coast that cannot sustainably be defended from coastal erosion.

Residents will be supported to prepare and plan for the long term, while also trialling some immediate actions that support the long-term resilience of communities near the coast.

Councillor Chris Matthews says the money will be used to try out a range of new measures.

Other interventions might include:

  • Improving and replacing damaged community infrastructure, such as beach access or coastal transport links and replacing public or community owned buildings in areas at risk with removable, modular, or other innovative buildings
  • Repurposing land in coastal erosion zones for different uses such as temporary car parks and restoring and creating habitats to include green buffer zones
  • Working with the finance and property sectors to explore innovative finance or funding mechanisms to help move communities from the highest risk areas, for instance schemes to incentivise the relocation of at-risk infrastructure for businesses and homeowners
  • Developing the local planning system so it supports and facilitates the managed transition of communities from high-risk land and ensuring it restricts future development in areas affected by coastal erosion.

The Environment Agency will manage the programme, supporting the area as it develops and delivers its local projects. It will also ensure that ongoing learning is shared with other areas facing similar challenges.

The programme will run to March 2027, exploring and testing innovative opportunities. A full evaluation of the programme will help to inform future national policy direction and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council say it will add to their coastal resilience activity elsewhere, which includes a national coastal erosion risk map providing clearer data about local risks to help local planning, and the ongoing national refresh of existing Shoreline Management Plans.

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