‘Record investment’ for ‘shovel-ready’ flood defence projects in England

An extra £170m is being allocated to “shovel-ready” flood defence projects across England, the government says.

The funding is on top of a £5.2bn package to build around 2,000 flood and coastal defences that will protect 336,000 properties by 2027.

The £170m package will see work start on 22 other projects this year, the government said.

They include:

  • Up to £21m for the second phase of a flood prevention scheme in Leeds, protecting more than 370 businesses and enabling development of land for homes and jobs
  • £1.3m for “natural flood management” to reduce the flow of rainwater into the River Aire in Yorkshire
  • Up to £30m for the Severn Valley and £5m in Tenbury Wells to protect almost 3,000 homes in areas badly flooded last winter
  • £5.4m for tree-planting and creating habitat to reduce the risk of flooding and store carbon throughout the Severn Valley
  • Almost £43.5m for a tidal barrier and flood walls in Lowestoft and the Suffolk coast to protect key infrastructure and businesses and support offshore energy and tourism

Other schemes include protecting critical infrastructure on the coast around Brighton, Hove and Shoreham; restoring peatland in the Peak District; and protecting Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.

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