Bacton Gas Terminal to be protected by sandscaping plan

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Image caption This is how the coastline at Bacton and Walcott would look after sandscaping

A £22m "sandscaping" plan to protect a gas terminal from coastal erosion has been approved by planners.

The scheme would see a 3.5-mile (5.6km) stretch of north Norfolk protected by 1.8 million cubic metres of sand.

Sandscaping, as it is known, will defend the area from cliff erosion and reduce the risk of flooding by extending the size of the beach.

The "innovative" project, which could start next year, is the first to be carried out in the UK.

Image copyrightNorth Norfolk District Council
Image caption The coastline at Bacton and Walcott in its current state

Sarah Butikofer, leader of North Norfolk District Council, welcomed the decision of the Development Committee to grant planning permission.

She said the project was essential to protect the Bacton gas terminal, which handles one third of the UK's gas supplies, as well as the villages of Bacton and Walcott.

"It is an exciting project that will put north Norfolk on the map for leading the way in innovative technology solutions and tackling climate change on our doorstep," she said.

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Image caption Similar sandscaping schemes have been used to protect low-lying coastal areas in The Netherlands

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