Boscastle told to hold back on rebuilding

Residents of Boscastle will have to wait until next year to get planning permission to rebuild property that was destroyed in this summer's flooding.

North Cornwall District Council has received two planning applications from local residents to rebuild shops washed away in the flood. But the Environment Agency is concerned that applications in the village should be considered strategically.

The agency advised the council's planning committee last week not to approve any applications to rebuild damaged property until it concludes its investigation into how often the area is likely to be flooded in the future.

North Cornwall's director of community services Neil Pendleton said: "The applicants are naturally concerned, but this is not a normal circumstance."


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