Flood Defence Schemes

Schemes to reduce flood risk in Calderdale

Flood Risk Reduction Schemes

The Council is currently working in partnership with the Environment Agency and contractors delivering Flood Risk Reduction Schemes (FRRS) 1 and 2 across the borough. On completion, these schemes will provide important drainage and other important flood relief measures. This will help eradicate damaging run-off waters from steep sided valleys, as well as overflow from the river and canal.

FRRS 1 schemes at Bacup Road, Shop Lock, Nutclough, Woodland View and Pin Hill are complete. Construction at Burnt Acres to improve highway drainage is complete, and is awaiting final legal agreement with the landowner to be operational. The Strategic Outline Business Case for Park Road, Elland has been submitted and construction is expected to commence and be completed in early 2019.

Strategic Outline Business Cases have been produced for all projects in Group A of the FRRS 2 schemes to facilitate the next stage of the design process. These projects include:

  • Cottonstones
  • Machpelah, Hebden Bridge
  • Railes Close, Midgley
  • Calderside, nr. Hebden Bridge
  • Shaw Wood Road, Todmorden
  • Copley Village

A supplier has been appointed to further investigate and assess the feasibility of delivering schemes for the remaining nine sites in Group B:

  • Dean Clough, Halifax
  • Oak Hill Clough, Todmorden
  • Commercial Street, Todmorden
  • Sowerby Bridge
  • Walsden
  • Rossendale View, Todmorden
  • Lower Bank House, Barkisland
  • Luddenden Foot
  • Cross Stone Road, Todmorden


Flood Alleviation Schemes

In addition to the above, there are three major Flood Alleviation Schemes (FAS) at different stages of delivery throughout the borough:

  • Mytholmroyd FAS – Work is underway and is expected to be completed by Winter 2019/2020. This includes the construction of new, raised and improved flood walls, widening of the river channel at key locations and waterproofing of buildings next to the river.
  • Hebden Bridge FAS – Work continues to develop the outline designs with the community and stakeholder group and it is anticipated that construction will start at the end of 2018 and be completed by 2021. The scheme will consist of flood walls and surface water interventions and the design team are investigating the use of glass panels and raising barriers to create and enhance views of the river.
  • Brighouse FAS – The Strategic Outline Business Case was submitted in January 2018 and the outline plans are under review. Potential options include but are not limited to: upstream storage in Wellhome Park, the replacement or repair of existing defences along the River Calder, construction of hard defences along Clifton Beck, improvements to street furniture to reduce surface water flood risk, and the formalisation of upstream storage in Cromwell Bottom on the River Calder.