£62m flood fund confirmed to better protect homes

More than 9,000 homes are to benefit from better protection against flooding.

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13 projects across England will benefit from a share of over £62m to better protect homes across the country.

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers announced the new round of flood defence for communities across Yorkshire, Cumbria, the North East, and the South East of England.

The funding is said to help boost economic regeneration and increase prosperity in the areas, as well as develop existing flood defences.

Many of the announced projects are in communities that suffered from flooding during winter 2015, with the funding said to be in addition to a government commitment investing £2.6bn over six years up to 2021.

Commenting on the announcement, Theresa Villiers said: “I am delighted to announce over £60m of additional funding to better protect communities which are vulnerable to flooding, particularly across parts of northern England.

“Events this summer have shown that investing in flood risk management is more important than ever, and this funding builds on our long-standing £2.6bn commitment to better protect 300,000 homes from flooding and coastal erosion over six years.”

Funding is due to support the development of 11 projects in the Northern Powerhouse, including seven in Yorkshire, four in Cumbria and Lancashire, and two in the North East.

A breakdown of funding also includes:

  • £19m to Calder Valley – where more than 3,000 properties were affected during the 2015 floods
  • £22.8m to Cumbria and Lancashire, with a proposed scheme set to include a one in 50 level of protection for 1,480 homes
  • £6.3m to projects outside of the Northern Powerhouse in Essex and Lincolnshire

Minister of State for the Northern Powerhouse Jake Berry MP said: “This new funding for flood defences in the North of England adds to the £5.4bn already invested into the Northern Powerhouse to drive jobs and economic growth, and a record £13bn to upgrade transport infrastructure across the North.

“We’re investing in public infrastructure so that local communities have the support and backing they need to flourish and seize all of the opportunities that come with leaving the European Union on the 31st October.”

Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Environment Agency and UK commissioner on the Global Commission on Adaptation, added: “This extra funding will help us to go even further in our mission to better protect communities up and down the country from the terrible effects of flooding.

“We will work closely with these communities to design and build projects which not only reduce flood risk but which also benefit wildlife and the local economy for decades to come.”