A project to protect homes and businesses from flooding in Sheffield has been granted almost £3.5m in grant money.
The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Combined Authority yesterday approved a grant from the Local Growth Fund (LGF) for phase one of Sheffield City Council’s Upper Don flood alleviation scheme.
The project will provide a “comprehensive” flood defence within an area at high risk of flooding on the River Loxley, and where the River Loxley and River Don meet in north west Sheffield.
The scheme is intended to support businesses in the flood risk area, providing flood protection in order to encourage further growth and new investment.
Mayor Dan Jarvis said: “As we have seen in South Yorkshire in recent years, the impact of flooding can be devastating for our residents, communities and businesses.
“I’m determined to do all that I can to minimise the risk of flooding, so I’m very pleased that we have been able to back this important flood defence scheme with £3.46m of funding.”
As well as protecting people and property from flooding, this scheme could return “significant” value for money. The benefits include a £28.6m gross value added (GVA) saving that would otherwise be lost over a 10-year period, as well as £20.8m of GVA growth.
Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership of Sheffield City Region, said: “With everyone pulling together, rigorously assessing and prioritising projects, we are ensuring that every pound invested in Sheffield City Region maximises economic growth, boosts businesses and creates more and better jobs.
“This scheme will manage flood risk in a strategic and economically important area to the city region.
“This is a great example of how business leaders, local authority leaders and the Mayor are working together to achieve transformational change and build a thriving, super-connected and successful economy.”
The project will be delivered by Sheffield City Council.
Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for planning and transport at Sheffield City Council, said: “This is an excellent announcement which will see the businesses and residents of Malin Bridge and Hillsborough better protected from incidents of flooding.
“We all know that flooding happens. We can’t prevent it, but we can and will protect our people in the best and least obstructive way possible. These new flood defences are working well in other parts of the city such as the Lower Don Valley and we believe that these new defences will repeat that success, whilst ensuring that the Loxley Valley can continue to be enjoyed by thousands of runners, cyclists and visitors.
“Residents and businesses in parts of Hillsborough, Malin Bridge and Penistone Road will remember all too well the devastation caused by the floods of 2007. It is of course an area that we associate with the disaster of 1857 as well, although of course the circumstances there were very different. These new defences will make the city safer and help to protect businesses who work and thrive in the Hillsborough area.”
Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: “Improving flood protection across Sheffield is a clear priority and strongly welcomed by residents and businesses.
“These new defences will further strengthen the confidence people have in living, working and investing in Sheffield.”
The scheme forms part of a wider flood alleviation scheme across Sheffield. Other projects include flood alleviation schemes to protect the Sheaf, Porter and Blackburn Brook valleys; a city-wide programme to renew key watercourse culverts and flood protection linked to new and existing social housing developments in the east of the city.
By 2021 Government will have invested over £12bn through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders.
There are 38 LEPs covering the whole of England, which are investing LGF money in a wide range of projects including transport, skills, business support, broadband, innovation and flood defences.