Information about the proposed flood scheme to protect the city of Leicester and local communities.
There are approximately 3000 properties at flood risk from the River Soar in Leicester. In addition, up to 3000 properties may be at risk of flooding from the urban tributaries of the River Soar in the city and up to 4,000 properties may be at risk from surface water flooding.
In early 2013, central government allocated an additional £120 million of funding to help stimulate the economy - the Programme of Acceleration and Growth. £15 million of that funding has been allocated to accelerate a programme of flood risk management works to benefit the City of Leicester.
Why does Leicester need a flood scheme?
A significant area of Leicester is at risk of flooding from the River Soar and its tributaries, most notably the Willow Brook. During November 2012, the River Soar experienced a flood event of between a 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 year likelihood. Major property flooding in Leicester from the River Soar was narrowly avoided.
What are we doing to reduce flood risk?
A strategic approach to managing flood risk within the city is required to determine the most cost effective solution. We are working in partnership with Leicester City Council on this exciting and innovative flood scheme to reduce flood risk to communities. The scheme will provide improved protection from river and surface water flooding alongside wider benefits such as improvements in green infrastructure.
We will be considering options that can be delivered in the short and longer term. There will be several phases of work and construction of the first phase is likely to begin early in 2015. Before construction we have to produce a business case to support the scheme and gain statutory approvals such as planning permission.
We would like to hear your views about how we develop the proposals for the project and will be consulting with local communities to shape the scheme.
Letters to residents
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Is your property at flood risk?