Plans Submitted for the Next Phase of Leeds Flood Defenses
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Plans for the second phase of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme have been put forward, according to the Environment Agency.
Leeds City Council has worked alongside the Environment Agency to put forward a planning application for phase two of the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme, which will invest £112.1 million in flood prevention measures for areas upstream of Leeds city center.
A range of measures have been put forward to reduce the risk of flooding along a 14-kilometer stretch along the River Aire catchment, including the A65 Kirkstall Corridor which was badly hit by the impact of Storm Eva at Christmas 2015 and ending at Apperley Bridge, Bradford.
These plans include both parts of the two-step process that has been developed to give a one-in-200-year level of enhanced protection against flooding for Leeds, helping to better protect 1,485 homes and 370 businesses.
If approved, work to deliver the first step, a one-in-100 year level of protection, is expected to start next summer.
The plans feature measures such as new defense walls, embankments and a large flood storage area. As part of the application it focuses on four key areas of Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, Kirkstall Abbey and Kirkstall Meadows, Apperley Bridge and Calverley.
Details of the planning application can be viewed here.