Flood defence schemes get £120m boost

Published:  05 December, 2012

The government has announced £120m of new funding to boost flood defences. Chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said £60m cash would be targeted at areas where flood defences can unlock new opportunities for development and growth.

The remaining £60 million will help speed up the delivery of up to 50 flood defence schemes already in train and prioritised by the Environment Agency. The additional funding will be phased over 2013-14 and 2014-15 with a total of £35m in 2013-14 and £85m in 2014-15.

The government said five schemes had been invited to apply for the funding, with more to follow.

They include:

  • Lower Don Valley in Sheffield: an £11m scheme to protect 300 businesses, in the city’s industrial heartland which experienced severe flooding in 2007.
  • Ipswich: a£54m scheme to build a tidal barrier to protect 1600 homes and 240 commercial properties in the city centre against significant flood risk, and allowing derelict waterside land to be redeveloped.
  • Derby: a £73m scheme to help regenerate the riverside area of the city and stimulate investment into the Lower Derwent Valley as well as improving flood protection to nearly 1900 properties and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site.
  • Exeter: a £26m scheme to improve the protection of 2850 homes and 1150 businesses in the city centre.

A confirmed set of schemes is expected to be announced early in the New Year.

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