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Protecting vulnerable homes from future flooding

Published
24.01.2017

Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet is being asked to approve a flood alleviation scheme in Oakley that will protect 213 homes from future flooding.

The scheme would see two storage basins for surface water from Cleeve escarpment to drain into, an earth bund and diversions to existing watercourses, with some being widened or realigned to cope with excessive surface water.

The proposed work will take place on land at Priors Farm and Noverton Farm at the foot of the escarpment.

The county council has been working with the Environment Agency and Cheltenham Borough Council since 2010 to look at ways to reduce flood risk to homes in Oakley and Priors in Cheltenham.

Studies carried out in 2011 and 2012 highlighted that there was a flood risk to these areas and a flood alleviation scheme was drawn up that includes two flood storage basins.

If approved by cabinet, the work will be funded by a £1.693m Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs DEFRA flood grant, as well as a £243k contribution from the county council and a further £50k from the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Local Levy.

The scheme is subject to planning approval from both Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Borough Councils.

Cabinet is being asked to approve the use of powers under the Land Drainage Act 1991 and the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 to implement the proposals. The scheme should reduce the level of risk of flooding for 213 properties.

Both owners of the land will be able to claim compensation for any inconvenience and, upon completion, the land will be available for its continued use and purpose.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flooding, said: "We all remember the devastation that the flooding of 2007 caused to so many communities.

"As such, we want to look after residents and their homes in whatever way we can. If approved, this flood alleviation scheme will protect over 213 homes from future flooding."

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