Couples £2m mansion will fall into sea unless its demolished

A house standing dangerously close to a cliff's edge is being demolished before it could be swept away by the sea.

Ipswich Town FC director Richard Moore, 76, and wife Sheila, 73, were told by council chiefs that the Red House, estimated to be worth £2million, is unsafe to live in and must be demolished.

The couple had owned the property for 25 years and rented it out to holidaymakers as luxury accommodation. They have not yet commented on the situation, according to the Daily Mail.

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But after more than 50ft of the Moores' garden was swept away in a little over a year, it became apparent that the house couldn't stay.

A local villager said: "They are going to be very upset that it has come to this. The Red House is a beautiful property and it is tragic that it is being knocked down.

"They could have spent a fortune on making their own sea defences just as their neighbours have done – but you can’t hold back the forces of nature forever."

Now an excavator has started demolishing the home, which came with a hot tub and stunning views of the North Sea.

Coastal Partnership East said erosion to the edge of the cliff in front of the Red House ramped up at the start of 2022, "leaving the north end of the property at significant risk."

And this property isn't the only one in the area that has been at risk of succumbing to the sea as coastal erosion hits the UK coast.

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Next door, TV producer Lucy Ansbro said she and her partner Matthew Graham had forked out "hundreds of thousands of pounds" last year to have 500 rocks weighing three tonnes each placed at the bottom of the cliff in a bid to save their home from collapse.

Miss Ansbro said: "We got the work done under emergency powers as our property was in more imminent danger than the Red House at that point.

"We paid for it as the council had no obligation to pay for it. There were discussions about the Red House joining in but they did not have the funds available.

"If I had not put those rocks down, we would not be living there now. Most of our house is nearer the sea than the Red House and the cliff would be down the middle of our garden."

Both Suffolk, where the Red House was located, and Norfolk are characterised by soft, sandy environments that make them prone to erosion.

A spokesman from Coastal Partnership East said: "Coastal Partnership East have been working closely with the community in Thorpeness to develop options to reduce the risk of coastal erosion.

"This is predominantly at the north end of the village, which has seen increased erosion since 2018. A rock revetment (a sloping seawall made of rocks) is the option preferred by the community and this is moving toward detailed design."

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