Protecting Worcestershire village from flooding

The Environment Agency is progressing plans to deliver a permanent flood protection scheme for the historical Worcestershire village of Severn Stoke.

The £1.8 million flood mitigation embankment scheme will provide protection from the devastating impact of flooding to homes and businesses including the Grade II listed 14th Century St Deny’s Church, the 500-year-old Rose and Crown pub and the village hall. 

The scheme, which is being developed in partnership with Worcester County Council and Malvern Hills District Council, will also protect the nearby A38, preventing disruption to the busy trunk road. 

The design of the scheme, which includes the construction of an embankment around the southern side of the village and raising a section of the village’s Ham Lane, will be completed at the end of this year with construction commencing during 2022.

Environment Agency Manager for Worcester, David Throup, said: “The Environment Agency is grateful for the support we have received from Worcestershire County Council and Malvern Hills District Council. This is enabling us to deliver this much needed scheme for Severn Stoke. Flooding has a devastating impact which is why protecting people and communities is our top priority.”

The Environment Agency is currently completing the required planning obligations for the work.

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