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Stubbing Holme Road Flood Alleviation Scheme

The Stubbing Holme Road scheme aims to better protect 59 properties.

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About the scheme

Additional government funding announced in 2019 for the Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme has meant that the Environment Agency has been able to revisit designs for the Stubbing Holme Road area, which had previously been put on hold.

The Stubbing Holme Road Flood Alleviation Scheme is being developed as a separate project from the main Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Stubbing Holme Road is at risk from flooding from the River Calder and Rochdale Canal. It is located upstream of Hebden Bridge on the River Calder and includes a tributary, Colden Clough, which meets the Calder at a confluence by the Longstaff Court cul-de-sac.

The plans for the scheme include:

  • Raising and strengthening river walls along Stubbing Holme Road between Holme Road Bridge and the footbridge at the River Calder/Colden Clough confluence.
  • Strengthening and installing walls along Rochdale canal.
  • Property Flood Resilience measures to some riverside properties.
Latest information

August 2023 - Vegetation Clearance Work

Detailed design work for the scheme is nearing completion which includes an agreed way forward with each of the statutory utility companies (i.e., Yorkshire Water, BT Openreach, Northern Gas Networks and Northern Powergrid) for the service diversions required along Stubbing Holme Road.

The project team are undertaking a ‘Value Engineering’ exercise with the aim to ensure that the scheme is designed and delivered in the most efficient way to minimise disruption as much as possible to the community. An Options Appraisal exercise has been undertaken and the team are now comparing two leading options for the construction methodology of the wall immediately adjacent to Stubbing Holme Road. Construction materials for the scheme are also being assessed and discussed with Calderdale Council.

Ahead of any planning submission (current forecast summer 2024), a public information event will be held to share proposals with the community and obtain any feedback. Based on the current programme we aim to submit a Full Business Case in summer 2024 and commence construction in autumn/winter 2024.


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Working with the community

The Environment Agency regularly holds meetings with partners, local councillors and community representatives to provide them with updates on progress of the scheme. A key stakeholder group has been set up - a list of represented groups can be found here.  You can view the latest updates shared at the meeting in the link below.

April 24 - Update

Current forecast project timescales can be viewed here

The project team has also taken part in community forums such as the Hebden Bridge Business Forum and the Disability Access Forum to get feedback on proposals for the scheme.

As details of the design of the scheme develop there will be further consultations with people who are affected to discuss proposals.

If you have any questions regarding any of the planned work in this area, please email: HebdenBridgeFAS@environment-agency.gov.uk

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