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Government approves £42m Humber flood defence scheme

Artist's impression of the flood defence scheme Photo:

A £42 million scheme, which will protect thousands of homes and businesses in Hull from flooding from the Humber estuary, has been given the go-ahead.

Earlier this month, Hull’s planning committee green-lit the plans, on the fifth anniversary of a tidal surge that caused devastation to the city

Now the flood alleviation scheme has had final sign-off from the Communities Secretary.

Artist's impressions of the flood defences at Victoria Dock

The proposals will see tidal flood defences installed at eight locations along the estuary foreshore, including at St Andrew’s Quay and Victoria Dock Village.

Experts say the defences will provide a 1-in-200-year standard of protection and will reduce tidal risk for 113,000 homes and businesses.

Designers insist that key views of the waterfront will be retained, as the defences will include some areas of glass panels. Other sections will be recessed to allow for the display of artworks.

Preliminary work for the scheme will begin at St Andrew’s Quay Retail Park soon.

Cllr Daren Hale, who oversees flood prevention matters at Hull City Council, said he welcomed James Brokenshire's decision to approve the plans. He added: "I am pleased he was able to see the value in how important these flood defences are for our city."

“We look forward to seeing the work start on site, and the additional benefits it will deliver for residents and businesses in the area, including brand new public art and a fantastic outdoor green space.”

The scheme is expected to be completed in March 2021.

“I am delighted that the owners of 113,000 homes and businesses in and around Hull will benefit from a fully government funded flood defence improvements which will help for many decades to come. “This new flood defence scheme, costing £42 million of taxpayers’ money, has been well supported by the city council and a number of other key partners, showing what can be achieved when we work together towards a common goal.”

– Thérèse Coffey, Floods Minister