In order to obtain Environment Agency approval to access national funding and to build a strong business case for other funders such as the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, an overarching strategy is being developed.
This includes the need to complete modelling and studies, including environmental studies to help make sure that we are doing the right thing in the right way.
Once we have fully developed our options and have a completed strategy we will need to obtain permissions and consents to get on with the work recommended by the strategy. For the tidal barrier, this will also require a Transport Works Act Order. This is granted by the Secretary of State and is needed when construction can change or affect navigation. A TWAO can take up to two years to be approved but we are working with our partners and stakeholders to make sure that we address concerns as early as possible.
To complete this work and to enable us to go ahead with the project we will of course need to work closely with local communities, businesses and organisations. Public consultations will be held at various points during the project. There will be opportunities for people to get involved or to be kept informed about how things are progressing.
Details of forthcoming consultations can be found here.