Planning application submitted for phase one of Preston and South Ribble’s ‘Flood Risk Management Scheme’

Posted on - 1st February, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Fishwick, Frenchwood, Penwortham, Preston News, South Ribble News, Walton-le-Dale
River Ribble in flood at Avenham Park Pic: Lisa Brown
River Ribble in flood at Avenham Park Pic: Lisa Brown

A planning application has been submitted for the first phase of the Preston and South Ribble Flood Risk Management Scheme.


The Environment Agency has worked alongside Lancashire County Council, Preston City Council and South Ribble Borough Council to develop plans for a £49 million scheme.

The scheme is set to reduce the flood risk to 4,800 homes and 300 businesses.

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A range of measures have been proposed to reduce the risk of flooding along the River Ribble including new defence walls and embankments.

The plans will also see existing defences refreshed and the use of glass panelling to maintain river views.

If approved, work to build the scheme would begin 2021, with completion in 2024.

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Andy Brown, Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “The submission of this planning application brings us a step closer towards better protecting homes and business from flooding in Preston and South Ribble, and creating a climate resilient city.

“If approved, work will begin in 2021 on the first phase of the scheme to renew and improve the current flood defences the Broadgate and Riversway. The second phase of the scheme will focus on Lower Penwortham.”

If you would like to see a more detailed plan of the scheme, click here.

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