Flood Risk Management

Enhanced flood resilience for homes, businesses and critical infrastructure.

Aim

Flood Risk Management infrastructure delivered in partnership to support catchment wide measures providing enhanced flood resilience to homes, businesses and critical infrastructure.

What success will look like

Integrating flood risk management and environmental resilience into all infrastructure investment to support our carbon reduction objectives, address the climate emergency, whilst enabling clean economic growth across West Yorkshire.

Reduction of flood risk to key infrastructure, businesses and homes reducing the overall economic loss to the local economy resulting from flood events.

Positive engagement with national government and other potential funders to address the capital funding gaps for priority Flood Risk Management (FRM) projects are addressed and the 27 Priority FRM schemes are delivered across West Yorkshire to meet the needs of our communities.

Strong partnership working and relationships with the Environment Agency, local authority partners, Yorkshire Water, the Regional Yorkshire and Humber Flood and Coastal Committee and other key partners which delivers integrated flood risk management schemes and works together identification of new priorities/schemes in the future.

Strengths

  • Strong and well developed partnerships in place to deliver complex schemes.
  • Positive track record of delivering schemes at pace and on time.

Challenges

  • Complex capital schemes requiring a range of partner input makes delivery resource intensive.
  • Significant funding gap for priority FRM schemes and the wider 2021-26 West Yorkshire pipeline of schemes.
  • The climate emergency and increased flooding across West Yorkshire.

Policies and strategies

  • Draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England (2019)
  • Leeds City Region Flood Review (2016)
  • Leeds City Region Sustainable Drainage System Guidance Document (2020)
  • Leeds City Region Green and Blue Infrastructure Strategy and Delivery Plan (2019)

Who’s helping make this happen

  • DEFRA
  • Environment Agency
  • Yorkshire and Humber Flood and Coastal Committee
  • West Yorkshire Flood Risk Partnership
  • Natural England
  • National Trust
  • Yorkshire Water
  • Local Authority partners
  • The Place Panel provide advice and strategic direction on our policies and projects in relation to flood risk management. The panel is made up of both local councillors and representatives from local businesses.

What we are doing to make this happen

Delivery of the £20m of Growth Deal Three funding to support delivery of partnership FRM schemes by March 2021.

Inclusion of FRM in the Devolution deal, including a re-affirmed commitment from Government to working in partnership with the Combined Authority via the Environment Agency.

Publication of the updated Leeds City Region Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Guidance document to enhance delivery of SuDS locally and embed it into place making.

Examples of investment projects

Through a partnership funding model we have supported the delivery of ambitious and innovative FRM schemes, for example:

  • Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme Phase One: an innovative scheme which delivers the first movable weir in the UK.
  • Wyke Beck Programme: an innovative £4.75m programme, supporting delivery of housing growth, green space and biodiversity improvements in deprived communities as well as delivering new flood defence assets that will manage surface water and river flooding. This is on site delivering now and utilises a range of funding sources.
  • Skipton Flood Alleviation Scheme: Jointly funded by our neighbouring York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP and opened recently. This scheme illustrates how FRM schemes ‘enable’ as well as ‘protect’ development. Since completion other investments are now flowing to support housing and business growth in locations that are now more resilient and better protected.

How this will meet our priorities

Boosting productivity

  • Enhanced flood resilience will allow businesses to grow more sustainability in high risk areas and unlock additional areas for development.

Tackling the climate emergency

  • Flood protection will mitigate against the direct impacts of climate change in terms of more intense and frequent heavy rainfall which results in flooding. Flood risk schemes also have the potential to contribute towards efforts to enhance air quality and capture carbon e.g. peat restoration and tree planting.

Enabling inclusive growth

  • Providing flood protection will allow vulnerable communities in flood risk areas to grow and become more resilient to other social-economic issues.

Delivering 21st century transport

  • Delivery of transport infrastructure provides an opportunity to deliver integrated solutions and provide greater levels of flood protection and infrastructure resilience.
  • Securing money and powers: Further funding is required to deliver our agreed priority FRM schemes (£125m).

Page last updated: 26/08/20