New plans to stop flooding in Sheffield

Flood defences on Nursery Street
Flood defences on Nursery Street
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Work to protect businesses and workers from a repeat of Sheffield’s 2007 flood has taken a step forward.

A planning application has now been submitted for proposals to protect 250 business and 5,000 workers.

The £9.5 million schemes relate to three sites in the Lower Don Valley – Savile Street saw mill, land close to Sanderson’s Weir and Meadowhall Road.

Work involves the construction of new flood walls, raising existing structures, reinforcement of vulnerable bridge parapets and installation of flood gates.

The plans have been developed by Sheffield Council with the Environment Agency, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and representatives from affected businesses.

An application has been made for £7.3m of Government funding towards the scheme, while contributions of £1.4m from businesses and £800,000 from Sheffield Council have already been agreed.

In total, the project will deliver nearly 40 improvements along an eight kilometre stretch of the River Don between Nursery Street and Blackburn Brook.

The plans follow work on Nursery Street, where flood defences have been incorporated into a new park.

As part of the Lower Don Valley project, drainage channels will be cleared and improved to help the new defences – which will protect against a one-in-100 year flood.

Richard Wright, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce executive director, said: “The project should help existing businesses get insurance and give potential investors increased certainty regarding security of development sites.”

Businesses and the council hope to secure funding early next year and start work immediately.