Sheffield has been awarded an additional £16 million for the city’s flood defence programme.
This follows the government’s new multi-billion-pound investment plan, announced earlier this week – which also saw Leeds secure £22.3 million.
Specifically, the extra funding is awarded to the Upper Don Valley Phase 2 scheme that will protect the Neepsend and Kelham districts of the city, together with a significant contribution to natural flood management (NFM) measures in the uplands above the city.
The scheme’s £9 million Phase 1, which covers the Lower Loxley area, is due to start next month.
To protect Sheffield from extreme flood events such as those witnessed last winter, the Council and Environment Agency approach is a combination of traditional defences and natural ‘slowing the flow’ measures in the uplands.
This approach delivered significant benefits during last winter’s storms in preventing a repeat of the devastating 2007 floods from happening again in Sheffield’s lower Don valley.
“This funding is welcome news for Sheffield. We have proven the importance of a strong flood defence programme, delivering the robust schemes that protected thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses, during the 2019 floods,” said Councillor Mark Jones, Cabinet Member for Environment, Streetscene and climate change at Sheffield City Council.
“This funding highlights the strength, and the confidence nationally in our plans, as well as the successful working partnerships we have forged with the Environment Agency and other flood management organisations.”
Helen Batt, South Yorkshire Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency, added: “This funding boost is great news for Sheffield and our plans to progress flood defences to better protect homes and businesses.
“This investment is to accelerate vital shovel-ready flood defence projects like the Upper Don, which will drive economic growth and build greater resilience to the impacts of the climate emergency.”