Nicholas Pearson Associates assisted the Environment Agency in the preparation of the EIA, carrying out the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment. This involvement continues our wide experience of working in the water industry throughout the life of the Company.
The combined effect of the flat relief, heavy rainfall and high tides causes flooding and drainage problems in the Somerset Moors and Levels; this was particularly evident in the winter of 2013-2014. Restoring the bank levels will improve the flood defence standard to land, property and infrastructure in the Rivers Parrett and Tone catchment. The scheme proposes to restore the height of the flood embankments and defences to the original design levels.
The proposals are subject to an EIA of the potential effects, under the Environmental Impact Assessment (Land Drainage Improvement Works) Regulations 1999 (as amended). This has influenced the development of the proposed scheme, developing mitigation, including the working method, to ensure that environmental effects are minimised, whilst achieving the scheme objectives. Works start this autumn.