The Environment Agency is delivering a proposed Flood Risk Management Scheme to better protect homes and business from flooding in the Kent catchment, and improve the local environment and community amenities. Kendal is the first area to be delivered, followed by Burneside, Staveley, and Ings, and upstream measures including flood storage. In addition, Natural Flood Management measures are being integrated into the plans which aim to slow the flow of water and provide wider environmental benefits across the catchment.
These Key Facts documents give you a quick and informative overview of the features and benefits that the Kendal flood scheme will provide, along with key dates. Click to download.
Through a process of public consultation, engineering analysis, environmental assessment and economic appraisal, over 60 design options were tested against four criteria leaving a preferred set of options to take forward for phase one of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme. Find out more about the journey to delivering the flood scheme in this document.
Here is a snapshot of some of the benefits being delivered as part of the Kent Catchment Flood Risk Management Scheme.
The Environment Agency is delivering a Flood Risk Management Scheme to better protect homes and businesses from flooding in the Kent Catchment, and improve the local environment and community amenities. Kendal is the first area being delivered, followed by a proposed scheme for Burneside, Staveley and Ings, and upstream measures including flood storage and Natural Flood Management. Find out about the benefits being delivered in this document.
There are 28 planning conditions associated with the delivery of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme. Find out more about these conditions by downloading this document.
Kendal is an evolving historic market town, with a blend of old and new buildings and features of varied styles and finishes. The design of the Flood Risk Management scheme will be extremely sympathetic to this. Find out more by downloading this document.
Construction of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme is starting in February 2021 and the scheme will be delivered in a number of small sections called ‘reaches’ through the town. By breaking the scheme down into small sections, all the necessary preparation works and construction of flood defences can be undertaken in a way that minimises disruption and manages flood risk it goes. Find out more by downloading this document.
The scheme runs from Helsington Mills in the Southern end of Kendal to Mintsfeet in the Northern end of Kendal. The complex nature of delivering a long linear scheme through a busy town centre has led the Environment Agency to break down the scheme into a number of small sections termed as ‘reaches’. The order of work is influenced by minimising disruption within the town and ensuring the Environment Agency manage flood risk. Work will begin in the Southern reaches and then work up towards the Northern reaches, with a number of reaches being delivered at the same time. The ordering of these have been carefully considered to ensure minimal traffic or pedestrian disruption in and around the town. Find out more by downloading this document
The primary aim throughout construction works is to ensure Kendal keeps moving, and it is fundamental to how the Environment Agency order the delivery of works. There will be some disruption to areas along the riverside as they balance the need to keep contractors, the community, and visitors safe, whilst keeping disruption to a minimum. Download this document for more information on how the Environment Agency will do this.
The Environment Agency are working closely with Cumbria County Council to further reduce the risk of surface water flooding. Find out more by downloading this document.
The Environment Agency is delivering a proposed Flood Risk Management Scheme to better protect residential and business properties from flooding in the Kent catchment and improve the local environment and community amenities. Here is a snapshot of some of those benefits being delivered as part of the scheme.
Since starting construction of the Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme in February 2021, construction of flood defences in seven locations has been completed and the Environment Agency are continuing to construct flood defences in six locations within the town. Download this document for more information on the schemes progress.
Complimentary to the flood risk management scheme throughout Kendal and Upper Kent, Natural Flood Management (NFM) interventions are being delivered to slow the flow. Download this document for a snapshot of some of those benefits being delivered as part of the scheme.
Here is a snapshot of some of what is known about the ecology of Kendal and the environmental improvements resulting from the scheme.
The Environment Agency aim to minimise the number of riverside trees that will be affected by the flood defence works, and continue to undertake careful assessments of all trees to determine whether there is scope to protect and retain them. Find out more by downloading this document.
The aim of the Kent Catchment Flood Risk Management Scheme is to not only protect people and properties from flooding, but to create a lasting benefit for the community and the local environment. The Environment Agency plan to enhance the river corridor throughout the extent of the scheme and manage links with other projects helping to increase habitat and biodiversity. Find out more in this document.
The Environment Agency plan to enhance the river corridor environment throughout the extent of the scheme and with any other construction project, there will be some impacts. However, they have undertaken many environmental surveys and assessments and will continue to do so, to understand those risks and ensure they can be managed and mitigated. Find out more in the document.
The Environment Agency have undertaken careful assessments across the Kent catchment to identify where they need to carry out regular river bed and gravel accumulation monitoring. Find out more by downloading this document.