Regeneration plan hold-up

PLANS for the £1 billion regeneration of the Lower Don Valley will have to be revisited - to look again at details concerning flood alleviation following the devastation caused by last summer's downpours.

Wednesday, 26th September 2007, 7:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 27th September 2007, 10:27 am

The River Don District Masterplan involves the creation of a riverside park, the re-invention of local housing, and the building of office space.

A flood alleviation investigation provided by the developers as part of the proposals concluded the area was at risk of flooding at a one in a 100 year rate. But the analysis was carried out before the major flooding in the area in June.

A report to Sheffield Council's cabinet said: "The developers have provided a flood alleviation report. However, this was before the major flooding that occurred on June 25 where there was a flood event that appears to be considerably in excess of the one in 100 year prediction. They will need to revisit the alleviation measures in light of that experience. It is likely that wider ranging measures will need to be developed requiring significant public funding."

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