A new sea wall will be built around part of the Naze at Walton after the scheme was granted planning permission.
Tendring District Council (TDC) applied to build the 260 metre wall to provide flood defences for part of the John Weston Nature Reserve and sewage works.
The proposed wall will be built of clay dug from the surrounding fields, bolstered by pilings and stones, and then covered with grass on the land side.
As well as protecting the area from a one in 100 year flood event, it will also provide a link between the existing sea wall footpath and the facilities at the Naze, including the Tower and the visitor centre.
Neither the Environment Agency nor Natural England made any objection to the scheme, while Frinton and Walton Town Council backed the project.
The plans were approved at last night’s meeting of TDC’s Planning Committee.