Around £25m is set to be invested in new sea defences on the north Norfolk coast.

Rock defences will be installed at Cromer and Mundesley as part of a government-funded coastal management scheme which will also make repairs to existing structures at both beaches. 

Works will begin at Mundesley next week and at Cromer 12 weeks later.

North Norfolk News: Sea defence works at Cromer back in 2015Sea defence works at Cromer back in 2015 (Image: Mark Bullimore)

The two schemes have received £25m in funding from the Environment Agency, with North Norfolk District Council, Anglian Water and Mundesley Parish Council also contributing to the Mundesley project.

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The Mundesley scheme, which gets under way on Monday, will cover 2km in total, with around 900m of rock defences being built along the beach.

At Cromer, around 300m of rock revetments will be installed west of the pier.

The scheme aims to protect homes and businesses from erosion and should take 12 to 18 months to complete.

North Norfolk News: Sea defences at Mundesley beachSea defences at Mundesley beach (Image: Mark Bullimore)

Harry Blathwayt, portfolio holder for the coast at North Norfolk District Council, said: “These projects going ahead in these challenging times are evidence that North Norfolk District Council, along with our partner agencies will continue to protect homes and businesses whenever possible."

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North Norfolk News: Harry Blathwayt, portfolio holder for coast at North Norfolk District CouncilHarry Blathwayt, portfolio holder for coast at North Norfolk District Council (Image: NNDC)

A 20m long and 2.4m high rock berm will be built at the west end of Cromer Esplanade, as well as rock revetments west of the pier and new concrete steps down to the beach at Melbourne Slope.

A concrete apron will be constructed at the eastern end of the beach, next to the fisherman’s ramp, to prevent the existing sea wall from being undermined as beach levels drop.

At Mundesley, a temporary rock stockpile will be installed to the west of the beach. This will be removed after ten years.

The beach’s steel frame revetments, which were built in 1959, will be replaced by a rock berm after being badly corroded over the last 65 years.

Sea wall repairs will be made at Mundesley and timber groynes will be repaired and replaced at both locations.