Skipton flood alleviation

We’ve invested £1.5 million of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into flood alleviation works in Skipton, designed to provide one in 100 year protection for up to 400 homes and 118 businesses, while also converting 11 hectares of flood plain into land suitable for commercial development.

We've invested £1.5 million of Leeds City Region Growth Deal funding into flood alleviation works in Skipton, designed to provide one in 100 year protection for up to 400 homes and 165 businesses, while also converting flood plain into land suitable for development.

The funding, which forms part of a £17.8 million investment, will reduce the risk of overflow from Eller Beck and Waller Hill Beck, which often swells very quickly after heavy rain.

Works we’ve part-funded include added flood protection in the town centre and the creation of two flood storage areas upstream.

Once finished and in operation, the flood storage areas will be able to store a combined total of 130 million gallons of water, equivalent to 230 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Works finished in July 2018 and the defences are now in operation. The flood storage areas created can store a combined total of 130 million gallons of water, equivalent to 230 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Project overview

Project Lead Environment Agency
District/ Area Craven
Business case summary Read the full document
Funding Leeds City Region Growth Deal
Project Status Activity 6: Delivery
Start and end dates Spring 2015 - Summer 2018
Delivery partners Craven Council
Other funders Environment Agency
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This page was last updated in Q4 2019/2020