Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme

The project, which is part of our £20 million City Region-wide programme to bolster protection for homes and businesses, is split into two phases: Flood Alleviation Scheme 1 and Flood Alleviation Scheme 2.

Flood Alleviation Scheme Phase 1

We contributed £3.8 million Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding towards the £53 million FAS1 project in Leeds, which introduced state-of-the-art moveable weirs at Crown Point and Knostrop. The project, which safeguarded 500 businesses and over 23,000 jobs from flood risk, opened in October 2017 as one of the largest flood alleviation schemes in the country.

In addition to the moveable weirs, the Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding has also helped to fund the merging of the river and canal and up-scaled flood walls and embankments stretching 4.5km.

This is the first time that moveable weirs have been used in the UK for flood alleviation purposes.


Flood Alleviation Scheme Phase 2

FAS2 is split into two steps. The first step of Phase 2 runs along an 8km stretch upstream of Leeds station and focuses on three key areas – Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, Kirkstall Abbey and Kirkstall Meadows. 

We are contributing £3.9 million Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding towards this first step, which has a total project cost of £76 million.

More specifically, our contribution is funding works to Redcote Lane, Milford Place and Armley Mills bridges to improve water flow, in addition to supporting the construction of 0.5km of linear defences, all of which will be complete by March 2021.

Our investment in this project will safeguard 139 businesses and over 3600 jobs from flood risk as well as releasing 9 hectares of land for development.

Project details

Project Lead Leeds City Council
District/ Area Leeds
Business case summary Read the FAS1 document

Read the FAS2 document

£3.8 million Leeds City Region Growth Deal

Project Status FAS1: Construction Complete

FAS2: Activity 6: Delivery
Start and end dates FAS1: Opened October 2017

FAS2: End March 2021
Delivery partners Environment Agency
Other funders Leeds City Council
Environment Agency

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

This page was last updated in Q 4 2019/2020