Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation

Hebden Bridge is a picturesque market town in an area of natural beauty, coupled with an industrial legacy of water powered weaving mills, which now have a negative impact on the local economy due to high flood risk.

Hebden Bridge is a picturesque market town in an area of natural beauty, coupled with an industrial legacy of water powered weaving mills, which now have a negative impact on the local economy due to high flood risk. The town is located at the confluence of two rivers in the Calder Valley: the River Calder and Hebden Water. It is a key economic area for the borough, with numerous boutiques, drinking establishments and eateries drawing many tourists to the town.

In recent years businesses and the local community have suffered multiple devastating flood incidents which have severely affected the local economy. This project will reduce the flood risk to 231 commercial properties and move 180 commercial properties to a lower flood risk band, directly safeguarding approximately 700 jobs. In addition, the scheme will better protect 183 residential properties and move 130 to a lower flood risk band and improve the resilience of the A646 road towards Mytholmroyd and the M62.

Project overview

Project Lead: Environment Agency
District/ Area: Calderdale
Business case summary: Read the full document
Funding: Total scheme cost- £27.2 million
Local Growth Fund- £1.9 million
Project Status: Activity 4: Full Business Case
Start and end dates:May 2021- June 2023
Delivery partners: Calderdale Council
Calderdale Flood Partnership
Other funders: Flood Defence Grant in Aid
Calder Valley Booster funding
Local Levy
ESIF
Contact information: hebdenbridgeFAS@environment-agency.gov.uk

This page was last updated in Q4 2019/2020