St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration (StARR) Project

The St Austell Bay Resilient Regeneration (STARR) project aims to reduce flood risk to communities living and working in the St Austell Bay area, particularly in Par and St Blazey. The proposed scheme will bring additional benefits to the area by encouraging investment and making St Austell Bay a better place to work, live and play. 

To progress the development of StARR we are working in partnership with:

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  • The Environment Agency
  • The Westcountry Rivers Trust
  • The University of Exeter
  • Cornwall Development Company
  • South West Water

The project is receiving up to £7.8m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  Additional funding is being provided by a variety of sources including DEFRA Growth funds, Flood Defence Grant in Aid, South West Water and Cornwall Council.

A community information event was held at St Blazey Football Club in June.  Thank you to all who were able to attend and share information with us.  Copies of the information displayed at the event can be viewed below.  These are outline designs and are still subject to change as part of the design process.

Find out more on the Environment Agency's Citizen Space StARR page.

Details of the scheme are available on the STARR Project Plan infographic

You can find out more about the works to be undertaken on the STARR Project Visualisation 

For further information please watch the short film below or email StARR@cornwall.gov.uk

View a transcript of this film.

We are pleased to announce that Cornwall Council has been granted £7.8m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), bringing the total flood alleviation investment in the area to £32m.  The press release can be found by clicking on the link below.

Press release for the StARR project - Additional £7.8m cash boost to reduce flood risk in Par and St Blazey

The other funding for the project is being provided by a variety of sources including DEFRA Growth funds, Flood Defence Grant in Aid, South West Water and Cornwall Council.

Since the last update, we have continued with the ecological surveys and have carried out ground investigation work in the areas where schemes are proposed.

In June, the Environment Agency, Cornwall Council and the West Country Rivers Trust held a public information event featuring concept design proposals at St Blazey Football Club. Nearly 200 local residents attended to find out about the latest plans to reduce flood risk to the area.  Thank you to all who were able to attend and give us your views.

Since the event, we have been developing scheme designs.  Our next step is to set up a local community working group with  the Town and Parish Councils to help shape the appearance of the highway schemes.  If you would like to get involved, please email starr@cornwall.gov.uk.