Northumberland villages at risk of being lost to the sea due to coastal erosion experts predict

Two Northumberland villages are at risk of losing land through coastal erosion, mapping out how much of their seafront could be claimed during the next century.

Saturday, 16th November 2019, 8:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th November 2019, 5:24 pm
Bamburgh is one of 30 at risk areas on England's coastline according to Confused.com. Picture by Jane Coltman.

In a report put together by Confused.com, both Bamburgh and Seahouses are listed among the 30 most threatened locations across the coastline of the country.

It says Bamburgh, which has 420 properties at risk in the NE69 postcode, could lose 6 metres of land in the next 20 years, followed by 15 metres in 50 years and then 30 metres within 100 years.

Meanwhile Seahouses, which has 1,341 homes in danger within the NE68 postcode, could lose the same amount over those milestone periods, with the firm putting the average price of a property at £248,000.

It says the average rebuild cost could stand at £193,000.

It was unable to share the data for Bamburgh.

The details have been taken from analysing National Coastal Erosion Risk Mapping data from the Environmental Agency, and Confused.com says it has uncovered which coastal towns and villages are at risk of crumbling away into the sea as it stays Tyne and Wear is among the areas most in need of coastline protection.

The report states that nationally, 520,000 properties are in areas with coastal flooding risk, and without further action this figure could treble to 1.5 million by the 2080s.

Recently, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey stated that "one in six people in England are already living in properties at risk of flooding" and a combination of coastal erosion, rising sea levels and climate change all contribute to the nationwide issue.

Tom Vaughan, head of home at Confused.com said coastal erosion has become one of the most worrying issues for UK homeowners in seaside areas.

He added: “Our research highlights the increasing risk that many coastal residents are facing, to the point where some are ultimately looking at losing their homes over the next 20 years.

“Homes on the coastline have always been popular, especially in the likes of Yorkshire and East England where views are second to none.

“However, as land erodes, we could be seeing more expensive insurance premiums, as the danger of damage from climate change is higher than living inland.”