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Preston and South Ribble Flood Risk Management Scheme

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Although the Environment Agency are still navigating a challenging time, they are committed and are actively progressing the delivery of the Flood Risk Management Scheme to better protect residential and business properties from flooding in the Preston & South Ribble catchment. Scheme construction has now commenced, despite COVID-19 restrictions.

The Environment Agency will continue to follow government advice regarding safe practice engagement. They have therefore commenced with pre-bookable face to face engagement and will also continue with online engagement. In the meantime, the Environment Agency will continue to provide key updates on the scheme via this page.

The Environment Agency (EA), Lancashire County Council and partners are working together to develop the Preston and South Ribble Flood Risk Management Scheme (PSR FRMS). This scheme will provide flood risk mitigation for communities from Preston Riversway up towards the M6 and Higher Walton.

The scheme will better protect around 5,000 residential properties and businesses. There are currently some flood defences already in place, but these were mostly built between the 1920s to the 1980s and are coming to the end of their life.

The FRMS is split into 5 areas of development: Area 1 (Riversway and Broadgate), Area 2 (Lower Penwortham), Area 3 (Frenchwood and Walton-le-Dale along River Ribble), Area 4 (Walton-le-Dale along River Darwen) and Area 5 (Higher Walton).

Areas 1 and 2 comprise the 1st phase of development and following feedback from the community, the EA have established a preferred option. The scheme will comprise of defences made up of flood walls with localised use of glass panels and embankments. The new defences will consider climate change and include environmental enhancements and mitigation. There will also be a focus on growth, regeneration and natural flood risk management where possible.

Currently the scheme for Areas 1 and 2 has acquired conditional permission by the Planning Authorities and construction has commenced. The scheme for Areas 3, 4 and 5 is currently in the design development phase.


Penwortham Bridge over the River Ribble, Preston