More than a thousand homes on part of Norfolk's coast could be lost to erosion within the next 80 years, a new report has warned.

Council officers have calculated that predicted sea level rises of up to 1.15 metres by the end of the century would lead to the loss of 1,030 homes and businesses by 2105.

They warn that Norfolk has part of the fastest eroding coastline in northwestern Europe, and time is running out to protect it.

Norfolk County Council's infrastructure and development select committee will consider the report at a meeting on Friday, where they are expected to agree to call on the government to better fund coastal defences.

The committee is also likely to reiterate calls for the government to create a coastal minister to focus specifically on such issues.

Eastern Daily Press: James BenslyJames Bensly (Image: James Bensly)

Committee chairman, Conservative James Bensly, whose East Flegg division includes Hemsby, where families have seen their homes demolished because of the risk of them falling into the sea, said: “There are parts of Norfolk where we can see our coast disappearing before our eyes.

"While we can’t turn back tides or change the flow of the North Sea, we can put in place sensible defences and work to lessen the impact of erosion on our communities.

“But that’s not a simple matter: it involves many partners, and requires fair and sustainable funding for sea defences.

"We need to keep councillors and the public updated on what’s being done, but also the reality that we need a clear and continuous commitment from central government to make coastal issues a priority."

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Eastern Daily Press: Kay Mason BilligKay Mason Billig (Image: Norfolk County Council)

Last month, council leader Kay Mason Billig went to Westminster to highlight the problem of the county's crumbling coastline with MPs.

She wants to see the creation of a network of reservoirs across Norfolk to store up water and save areas from flooding.

She also called for the ripping up of red tape to make it easier for councils to get money for schemes to prevent surface water flooding and more enforcement powers for councils.