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Holiday park giant claims first round in legal battle over erosion at a Norfolk beach

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Can 40,000 tonnes of rock save Hopton beach?

Post by Keith » 4 years ago

Around 40,000 tonnes of imported rock could be used to create new sea defences on a Norfolk beach being ravaged by erosion.

Operators of Hopton Holiday Village put forward proposals to save the beach late last year and while still awaiting a final decision from Great Yarmouth Borough Council planners, they believe the multi-million pound scheme will protect the shoreline for years to come.

Bourne Leisure has spent £3m on emergency defence work this winter - placing 12,000 tonnes of rock at the foot of the cliffs to shore them up, using 20,000 tonnes of earth as backfill and repairing the entire cliff top.

Now the emergency work has finished, the next phase would be ensuring the entire stretch is protected from further erosion.

The proposal with planners is to build 10 rock groynes. The granite defences, 100 metres apart and stretching 10 metres out to sea, would replace the rotting wooden groynes that are “no longer fit for purpose”.

It is hoped these defences would stop sand shifting north to Gorleston - a problem that has caused sections of cliff to collapse and forced some holiday homes to be temporarily moved last year.

Jonathan Stratford, park general manager, said: “The emergency work is complete and the next stage is improving and updating the sea defences.

“They are no longer fit for purpose; they are providing some protection but not a lot.”

Bourne Leisure bosses have publicly blamed the Great Yarmouth outer harbour for speeding up the rate of erosion at Hopton - accusations strenuously denied by Great Yarmouth Port Company (GYPC).

The park owners claim the outer harbour altered tidal flow along the east coast when it was built in 2008, while port bosses claim erosion is a natural occurrence.

Whatever the cause, the metal sheets below the wooden revetments had given way letting the North Sea eat away at the cliff.

Work to shore up damaged sections started last winter and when the December tidal surge hit, another 3-4 metres of the entire cliff top - with the exception of the recently repaired areas - was claimed by the sea.

Earlier this year Dr Phil Barber, a leading independent authority on hydrodynamics and shoreline management, completed a two-year scientific study into why the beach at Hopton had disappeared so rapidly after the past few years.

The report was commissioned by Bourne Leisure.

It claimed there was a connection between the accelerated erosion and the development of the outer harbour at Great Yarmouth - claims denied by port bosses Eastport.

Since the publication of the report, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has decided to amend Great Yarmouth Port Company’s marine licence requiring it to conduct more extensive monitoring reports.

Three of the six signatories to the Outer Harbour Monitoring Agreement (OHMA), Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Waveney District Council and the Environment Agency have decided to appoint an independent expert to advise them on the Barber Report.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council also contributed £200,000 to the emergency works completed in June.

A public inquiry earlier this year refused to allow port bosses permission to apply for a change to the Harbour Revision Order.

An attempt to have the decision overturned in the High Court was also unsuccessful.
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Holiday park giant claims first round in legal battle over erosion at a Norfolk beach

Post by Keith » 2 years ago

Bourne Leisure, the company behind Haven and Butlins, has long blamed the outer harbour at Great Yarmouth, for speeding up the loss of beach along the stretch close to Hopton Holiday Village which it owns, and has spent around £10m tackling the problem and building up the disappearing sands.

The port company has always denied the accusations.

In a statement Bourne Leisure said the judge had ruled in its favour in the first round of its £15m court battle with Great Yarmouth Port Authority for compensation following what it called “extensive coastal damage.”

It said: “Bourne Leisure’s Queen’s Counsel told Her Honour Judge Alice Robinson of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) that the damage was the result of the construction of the outer harbour by the Great Yarmouth Port Company which was subsequently acquired by Peel Ports in December 2015.

“Bourne Leisure is suing the Great Yarmouth Port Authority to recover £15m of losses it has suffered including the substantial cost of installing new coastal defences plus other losses and legal costs.

“Her Honour Judge Robinson ruled in favour of Bourne Leisure on all five of the Preliminary Issues before her, thus rejecting Great Yarmouth Port Authority’s argument that the owners of the holiday village should not be allowed to proceed with their claim.”

The company launched its legal action around three years ago and it is now expected that the trial of the claim will take place in 2017.

Visitors and businesses first noticed the beach was being lost more quickly in 2008.

Bourne Leisure carried out temporary work to strengthen the cliff but in 2012 the wooden sea defences failed and beach access was lost.

The storm surge of December 2013 made matters worse and caravans had to be moved away from the cliff.

Since then the holiday park giant has built nine new rock groynes projecting almost 60m out to sea in a unique fishtail design.

It is reckoned among the biggest private investments in coastal erosion in the UK.

The beach was officially re-opened in March last year, helping to guarantee a contribution of around £10m each year to the local economy.
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