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Landscaping scheme to protect North Norfolk gas terminal approved

Words: Huw Morris
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A £22 million scheme involving ‘sandscaping’ to protect a gas terminal from coastal erosion has won approval from North Norfolk District Council.

Sandscaping, used widely in the Netherlands, involves building up a beach with sand dredged from the North Sea, allowing it to absorb the impact of waves more effectively.

The scheme will see up to 1.8 million cubic metres of sand placed on to the beaches covering a 5.7km stretch starting north-west of Bacton Gas Terminal and ending to the south-eastern extent of Walcott.

Around 1 million cubic metres will be placed in front of Bacton Gas Terminal, with the remainder in front of the villages of Bacton and Walcott.

The scheme – a joint venture between North Norfolk District Council, the Bacton Terminal Operators, the Environment Agency and local bodies – also aims to create significantly bigger beaches and improved beach access.

“This is an essential piece of work to protect both our Norfolk villages and nationally important infrastructure,” said council leader Sarah Butikofer. “It is an exciting project that will put North Norfolk on the map for leading the way in innovative technology solutions, tackling climate change on our doorstep.”

Nest steps for the scheme include appointing a construction contractor and obtaining a licence from the Marine Management Organisation.

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