Huge landslide on cliff edge near village which fears slipping into the sea

These incredible pictures show a huge landslide on the cliff edge near the village of Happisburgh on the Norfolk coast.

A huge chunk of land fell onto the beach, sending masses of debris across the sand

Erosion of the Norfolk sandy cliffs and sand dunes has caused many buildings and farmland to be lost to the sea.

The effects of global climate change causing storms and sea swells has seen the East Coast of the United Kingdom lose up to one metre of coast line each year.

The Happisburgh landslide comes after Storm Christoph left coastal communities in fear of losing land and even homes.

Storm Christoph unleashed lashings of rain last week, seeing forced to flee their homes in parts of the country.

For one property in West Yorkshire emergency services have issued a warning over reports of land slipping.

One homeowner was terrified the storm’s aftermath could claim his precarious huse which is teetering on the edge of the cliff.

Ed Cane has already lost 18ft of his garden and now fear the rest of his home on the Isle of Sheppey will be plunged into the sea.

Storm Christoph smashed UK with up to two months of snow and rain in just three days and with torrential rain sparking daily landslides Mr Cane is expecting the worse.

Mr Cane told Kent Online : “I reckon I’ve lost about 18ft, if not more, in total. I’m praying the rain stops. It just runs down the road and off the edge like a little river.”

The 66-year-old, who lives with his wife Lynn, in Eastchurch, Sheppey, said if Swale Council put drainage in the road it could help save his house but mandatory planning permission needed for the work has not been approved.

He said: “It’s disgusting they’re not prepared to do anything but they are doing their utmost to stop us from trying to protect our homes.”

Eight months ago Mr Cane’s neighbour lost their £195,000 bungalow through bad weather.

Mr Cane said: “I look out there every day to see if any more has gone. My biggest fear is our safety and losing our house. The amount that went the first time, if that went again, my house would be gone.”

A Swale council spokesman told Kent Online: “The engineering works proposed by the residents in the Surf Crescent area require planning permission.

“The application would need to include an assessment of the quality of the material intended to be used, as well as confirmation that the engineering works would deliver the required cliff protection without any adverse impact on the SSSI.

“So far, we’ve received some basic soil test information which was insufficient to demonstrate that the material used to shore up the cliff would not be a contamination risk and a more comprehensive study is required.

“To move forward we would advise the residents to employ specialist consultants that would liaise with us and the other statutory agencies involved.

“The road and associated drains do not fall to us to manage, however we have offered the affected properties housing advice and will continue to work with them as the cliffs change.

“The advice provided in the hazard awareness notices we sent to residents has not changed and we urge them to continue to engage with us.”