The St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration Project (StARR) is a £32 million flood alleviation and regeneration scheme led by Cornwall Council. The programme aims to use a whole catchment based approach to reduce flood risk to communities living and working in the St Austell Bay area, particularly in Par and St Blazey. Engineered and Natural Flood Management solutions are being developed that work with nature and natural processes to slow the flow of water. This provides multiple benefits by improving important, community recreational opportunities and nature engagement whilst simultaneously reducing flood risk to local communities. The project is working with landowners to co-design water management solutions that fit with their business model, designing nature based and engineered schemes that can help to keep water away from homes and businesses, and working with businesses and communities to increase flood resilience.
Dr Sahran Higgins, Prof Kevin Gaston, Prof Karen Anderson, Prof Richard BrazierDr John Wedgwood Clarke
Cornwall Council, Environment Agency, Westcountry Rivers Trust, South West Water, University of Exeter, Cornwall Development Company