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Update: August 2017
The Environment Agency is working with Hertfordshire County Council to develop proposals for a flood alleviation scheme for Little Hadham in conjunction with a bypass on the A120.
Planning permission was received for the scheme in January 2017. You can use reference no: PL/0744/15 to view the full application on Hertfordshire County Council’s website.
The two organisations are now working towards getting the land and rights over land needed to build the scheme. This could be by agreement with the landowners or by compulsory purchase. On 21 July 2017 we made a compulsory purchase order to give a more certain programme for acquiring the land. The full set of compulsory purchase order documents can be viewed during normal office hours at our Hertfordshire and North London Area office in Hatfield (Apollo Court, 2 Bishop’s Square Business Park, St Albans Road West, Hatfield, AL10 9EX), East Hertfordshire District Council’s office in Bishops Stortford (East Herts District Council, Charrington House, The Causeway, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2ER), Hertfordshire County Council’s office in Hertford (County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DQ), and at any time on the Hertfordshire County Council’s website (please click on the hyperlink to access these). The objection period for the compulsory purchase order ends on Friday 8th September. We are continuing to negotiate with the affected landowners.
The villages of Little Hadham and Hadham Ford have suffered from flooding from the River Ash and its tributaries on several occasions, including a number of events between 2001 and 2014. Environment Agency modelling indicates that 72 properties in Little Hadham and Hadham Ford are at risk from a 1% (1:100) chance of flooding in any year.
Following the flooding in October 2001, the Environment Agency developed the River Ash Flood Risk Management Strategy to examine the extent of flooding along the river and evaluate potential solutions for reducing flood risk. Unfortunately the study concluded that flood alleviation measures for the River Ash would not meet the minimum cost-benefit criteria for government funding at that time.
Hertfordshire County Council’s proposal for an A120 bypass allows us to revisit the opportunity to provide flood alleviation measures for Little Hadham and Hadham Ford.
In May 2011 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced a new approach to funding flood risk management, called ‘Flood & Coastal Resilience Partnership Funding’. The new approach allows for contributions from central government funding to be made available to more flood and coastal risk management projects. The amount of government funding available to each project depends on the benefits delivered by the project. This new approach allowed the Environment Agency to consider the Little Hadham scheme again.
Hertfordshire County Council’s proposal for an A120 bypass around Little Hadham provides the opportunity to take forward a joint project incorporating flood alleviation measures. This would involve using the bypass embankment to create flood storage areas to reduce the risk of flooding to the 72 properties at risk in Little Hadham and Hadham Ford.
The Environment Agency is therefore working in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council to develop a flood alleviation scheme in conjunction with the bypass.
The flood scheme does not qualify for 100% central funding as the benefits are not high enough. Under the Partnership Funding approach we needed to make up the funding gap with contributions from other sources, such as from partners and those that will benefit from the scheme, to allow the project to go ahead.
The proposed dual use of embankments to carry the bypass and manage flood water reduces the funding required to provide flood alleviation to Little Hadham and Hadham Ford, making the flood scheme affordable.
Funding for the flood alleviation scheme was first confirmed in 2014 and in conjunction with Hertfordshire County Council the Environment Agency held a pre-planning consultation between October and December 2014. This allowed all interested parties to express their views on the proposals.
Following this consultation, the Environment Agency and Hertfordshire County Council submitted a joint planning application in 2016, which was given consent in January 2017.
With the making of the compulsory purchase order for the land required for the scheme, there is a period for objections to the compulsory purchase order to be made. The objection period ends on Friday 8th September. Details of this can be found on the Hertfordshire County Council website.
Find out more
Visit Hertfordshire County Council’s website to find out more about the project, read the ‘frequently asked questions’, or to contact Hertfordshire County Council about the proposed bypass.
For any questions about the flood alleviation scheme please email the Environment Agency at firstname.lastname@example.org.