CAMPAIGNERS and residents in Dinas Powys say they are delighted after plans to revisit a flood scheme by 2030 were all but abandoned.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) had proposed constructing a dam 60m wide and 3.5m high in the meadow at the Cwm George and Casehill Woodland Trust site in the village.

NRW proposed the dam as one option to alleviate potential flood risk, and in February revealed a draft outline business case and a consultation period with residents and campaigners took place.

On Friday NRW released the final document, and notably an initial inclusion of a review by 2030 had been removed.

Penarth Times: Residents packed a meeting about the flood scheme in February, with the majority objecting to the damResidents packed a meeting about the flood scheme in February, with the majority objecting to the dam

A spokesman for NRW confirmed this means it his highly likely a review will not take place.

The Dinas Powys Flood Scheme project – organised by NRW – has now moved onto exploring natural flood management options in the Cadoxton River catchment.

Options could include building more trees on the river’s banks.

Cathy Farr, who started the Save Dinas Powys Woods group in March 2019 after seeing a poster on the plans, says she is “absolutely delighted” with the news.

“I am delighted that they’ve taken out the 10-year review and that the project to construct a dam is fully closed,” she said.

“The community has worked so hard since last year to get this over the line.”

Natalie Buttriss, director for the Woodland Trust, added: “We are of course delighted to hear that NRW is pursuing a natural flood management approach, something we have been proposing for some time.

“We recognise this approach is not going to reduce all of the flooding risk but it was clear that the community were strongly opposed to the alternative options. 

“Of course we are greatly relieved that the threat to the ancient woodland of Casehill Woods is now lifted – a site like this which has over 400 years of woodland trees and wildlife evolution is such an important natural asset to people and the climate.”

Four hundred people responded to the consultation, with the vast majority of responders being opposed to the dam.

Some of the statement on the NRW website reads: “Based on our assessments, the risks and what we’ve heard from stakeholders and the community, we have concluded that there is not currently a viable scheme to deliver a community-wide solution to manage the flood risk to low in Dinas Powys.”

You can read the full statement at https://naturalresources.wales/about-us/our-projects/flood-scheme-projects/dinas-powys-flood-scheme/project-outcome/.