Somerset

Views sought over changes to Somerset flood defences

Plans to flood an area of the Somerset coast have been put out to public consultation.

Bristol Port Authority has to create mudflats to replace habitats being built for a container terminal development in Avonmouth.

It wants to use a 120 hectare (296 acre) area at Steart Point near Burnham-on-Sea.

The authority said it would improve the area's flood defences. It hopes to apply for planning permission later.

Early stages

The Environment Agency is also looking at creating wetlands to improve flood defences in the area near to where Bristol Port Authority is looking.

Bids for funding the agency's £20m scheme are currently being put to the government and other organisations.

Sue Turner from the port authority said: "We are in the early stages of designing this scheme and we are very keen to get local people's input.

"We have already had some discussions with land owners, local authorities and residents and have engaged with regulators and NGOs who have an interest in the proposals."

Once all views have been gathered, a bid will be put to North Somerset Council for consideration.

Bristol Port is building a new container terminal to accommodate the largest deep-sea ships that cannot enter the existing port.

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