Coastal road in Somerset could be saved

A Somerset coastal road threatened by coastal erosion could be saved after plans were submitted to divert the road inland.

The move comes after plans for 136 new homes were submitted. Originally, Somerset and West Taunton Council refused plans for homes last year, meaning funds for realignment of the road would have to be found elsewhere. But now, because of the new plans for homes, work on the road could be back on the table.

Somerset Live reports that the preferred option involves moving the coast road inland, including pedestrian access to Daws Castle being maintained, and strengthening up to 350 metres of the lower cliff slopes. 

The scheme is expected to cost between £18.3m and £28.1 million of which, over £11 million will be spent on the coastal reinforcement. 

The new plans, which will include the realignment of the B3191 inline with the new housing being developed on either side of the main road.

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