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Flood scheme seeks approval

Protection: Flood defences planned for Northallerton Photo: ITV Calendar

The proposed £2 million scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to 292 homes and businesses in the town, and construction work will start this autumn, subject to planning approval.

The Environment Agency has amended part of its original plans to protect an additional 80 properties from flooding from Sun and Turker becks.

And urgent repairs to culverts in the town centre have been ongoing for several weeks ahead of the main scheme.

The culverts are not the responsibility of the Environment Agency but engineers held talks with the owners to ensure that the work could be completed as part of the wider Northallerton Flood Alleviation Scheme.

The plans have been subject to a long period of public consultation in the area and the community’s views have been taken into account as part of the proposals.

The work will include channel improvements in both the Sun and Turker becks to increase water flow capacity - and the installation of hydraulic control measures to reduce the risk of flooding further downstream.

The Environment Agency is also proposing the construction of storage areas on both watercourses. These will use natural topography to avoid the need for building large and obtrusive banks.

The Northallerton area has a history of localised flooding which has caused disruption to residents and businesses. Severe flooding occurred in 2000 and 2002 and many properties were damaged.

Our original plans would have provided improved protection for 212 properties but we have found a way to protect an additional 80 homes at no significant extra cost to the taxpayer.

In preparing our proposals, we have built on the work previously undertaken by North Yorkshire County Council and have also taken account of what local people and landowners have told us about their experiences of flooding.

While we can never guarantee that Northallerton will not flood again in extreme circumstances, the work we are proposing will significantly reduce the risk for a large number of homes and businesses. Northallerton’s Friarage Hospital will also benefit from our plans.”

– Project manager Andrew Gee

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