Press release

£2.3 billion to be spent on new flood defences

Better protection for homes, businesses and farmland will be provided under a six-year £2.3 billion flood defence programme.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

flood sign on country road

Homes, businesses and farmland from Lancashire to Essex will be better protected from floods by an unprecedented six-year £2.3 billion flood defence programme announced by the government.

This first ever long-term investment programme will protect over 300,000 properties, reduce flood risk by 5% and save the economy £2.7 billion by 2021. The lifetime benefits of this investment will be even higher at over £30 billion.

With 1,400 projects within the programme, local authorities will be able to plan ahead and reassure communities that flood risk is being reduced in their area. New schemes may also be added as the programme progresses.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss, said:

We know how vital it is to tackle flood risk and from the Humber Estuary in the North-East to Thames Estuary in the South this ambitious programme of defences will reduce the threat of flooding for hundreds of thousands of people. This long-term investment will allow businesses and communities to thrive and local economies to flourish by delivering greater protection from flood risk over the next 6 years.

We are spending £3.2 billion in flood management and defences over the course of this parliament - half a billion pounds more than in the previous parliament. This, combined with the record level of investment in capital we have set out today, will improve protection to 465,000 homes and businesses by the end of the decade.

Major projects that will benefit include:

  • £80 million for the Humber Estuary
  • over £17 million for Tonbridge, Yalding and the surrounding communities
  • £196 million for the Thames Estuary programme
  • £73 million for the Boston Barrier/Barrage
  • £42 million for the Oxford Western Conveyance
  • £47 million for the Rossall Coastal Defence Improvement

In addition, the government will commit to spend £15.5 million in Somerset on flood defences over the next 6 years benefitting 7,000 properties, including £4.2 million on the Somerset Levels and Moors. This is part of at least £35 million committed to Somerset from this year until 2021.

The investment programme was published alongside a new long term study from the Environment Agency, which shows that the planned investment will reduce overall flood and coastal erosion risk in England.

To see the national picture, visit the interactive Google map.

Published 2 December 2014