Caravans near the cliff edge at Porthkerry Leisure Park in the Vale of Glamorgan
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'Harsh reality' for coast residents warns expert

Thousands of people living on the coast could see the value of their homes fall as the Welsh government agrees to stop defending some properties from the sea.

Defences in 48 areas will no longer be maintained putting 1,300 homes at risk of being lost.

Homeowners say the plan will have a "disastrous impact" and will leave them unable to sell their homes.

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant said some residents could be relocated.

Philip Wilbourn, a chartered environmental surveyor, told BBC Radio Wales' Oliver Hides that residents were facing the "harsh reality" of insurance difficulties and erosion of property values.

  • 28 Oct 2014
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