Brighouse Flood Alleviation Scheme

The Environment Agency is working in partnership with Calderdale Council to develop a Flood Alleviation Scheme for Brighouse.

Brighouse flood plan map with outlined area in red.
About the scheme

Potential options for the scheme include (but are not limited to):

  • Upstream storage in Wellholme Park
  • The replacement or repair of existing defences along the River Calder
  • Construction of flood walls along Clifton Beck
  • Widening the channels to help prevent Clifton Beck and River Calder from overflowing

As well as reducing the risk of flooding to homes and businesses, the scheme will also have environmental benefits along the Clifton Beck Catchment by creating and enhancing natural habitats and by supporting Natural Flood Management measures. This complements the existing Calder Greening project.

An initial map of the extent of the scheme can be seen on this page. This should be used as a guide only.

Latest information

Download the latest information about the scheme:

Brighouse canal and mills.
Public Consultation Event - March 2022

The Environment Agency held a public information event at the Brighouse Central Methodist Church on 9th March 2022.  We shared plans and provided an opportunity for the local community to find out more about the scheme and speak to the project team.

The documents we shared are shown below:

Public Consultation Board - Overview of Works

Public Consultation Board - Landscape Connectivity Plan

Public Consultation Board - Wellholme Park Design Concept

Public Consultation Board - Whinney Park Design Concept

There is still an opportunity to provide us with your feedback here.


Past flood incidents

In recent years, businesses and the local community have been impacted by devastating flood incidents which have severely affected the local economy.

The flooding also adversely impacted local infrastructure, making the main route to the M62 and the roads to Elland, Huddersfield and Bradford impassable. Extensive parts of the flood defences along the River Calder throughout Brighouse were damaged.


The scheme for Brighouse will better protect local businesses from the risk of river flooding and support plans for regeneration and new housing.

Due to the economic benefits of the scheme, the project team are working with a number of partners to secure funding. These include:

  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee
  • Highways England
  • European Structural and Investment Funds
  • Local businesses

The Environment Agency and Calderdale Council have also been successful in securing additional funding from the government to deliver flood risk alleviation schemes across Calderdale.

For any enquiries please email:

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