Minister with responsibility for floods, Rebecca Pow has today (Wednesday, April 5) announced the first communities to receive funding under the £100 million Frequently Flooded Allowance.

These first 53 communities to benefit from the fund, which was announced in July 2022, will receive £26 million in total.

The fund targets communities where 10 or more properties have flooded twice or more in the last 10 years.

“This much-needed funding will go a long way to support those whose homes and livelihoods are repeatedly threatened by flooding and forms a key part of our record £5.2 billion investment by 2027 to protect communities in England better,” Minister Pow said.

“We know only too well the devastating impact that flooding can have on communities and businesses, as we face more extreme weather brought about by climate change. 

“I am determined that we do whatever we can to prevent flooding that affects so many towns and villages across the country. ”

Communities to receive Frequently Flooded Allowance

Among the first communities to receive funding are those in Worcestershire, which faced severe flooding with Storm Christoph in 2021; Cumbria, whose residents suffered major flooding from Storm Desmond in 2015 and Storm Ciara in 2020; and properties in the Calder Valley, which was devastated by flooding when it was hit by both Storm Ciara and Storm Eva in 2015.  

A full list of projects to receive funding is below:

Alconbury Flood Alleviation Scheme Stage 2Greyfriars Community Flood Risk Management SchemeRiver Teme, Tenbury Wells Community Flood Alleviation Scheme
Brighton & Hove City Council Surface Water Management Feasibility StudyHebden Bridge Flood Alleviation SchemeRolleston Brook Flood Alleviation Scheme, Staffordshire
Bingley and Shipley Property Flood Resilience StudyIlminster Flood Alleviation StudyRuislip Park Wood and Pinn Meadows
Bledington Flood Alleviation SchemeIntake, Flood Risk Management SchemeSevern Stoke Flood Alleviation Scheme, River Severn
Brighouse Flood Alleviation SchemeIrwell Vale to ChattertonSkipton Road
Burrow Beck Conveyance ImprovementsLangstone (Havant) Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management SchemeSmall Communities Property Flood Resilience Scoping
Carlisle Appraisal Package Appleby Town CentreLarkspur Close Integrated Urban Drainage SchemeSouth Cave Flood Alleviation Scheme
Chard Flood Alleviation SchemeLavendon Flood Alleviation SchemeStony Stratford Flood Alleviation Study
Cocker Beck, Lowdham, Flood Alleviation SchemeLeintwardine and Walford Property Flood ResilienceStubbing Holme Road
Dufton Close Feasibility StudyLindale Road Grange over SandsTenbury Wells Integrated Flood Solution
Earby Flood Alleviation Scheme Phase 3, Earby BeckLipson Vale Phase 1, Trefusis Park (South West Water Integrated Urban Drainage Modelling)Toronto Close Flood Alleviation Scheme
Eardisland Flood Alleviation SchemeLittle Bollington River Bollin Property Flood ResilienceUndefended Properties in the Ironbridge Gorge – Individual Property Protection
Erringden HillsideMarket Weighton Flood Alleviation SchemeUpper River Piddle Catchment Flood Risk Management Scheme
Falmouth Integrated Urban Drainage ManagementNatural Flood Management Upstream of CirencesterWalsden Flood Alleviation Scheme
First Avenue Flood Alleviation SchemeNorthumbria Integrated Drainage Partnership  – Redcar (Yearby, Kirkleatham & Low Farm Drive, and West Dyke Road) Flood Alleviation SchemeWest End Road, St Helens
Flood Risk Reduction Schemes 2 – Copley Village Flood Alleviation SchemeNorthumbria Integrated Drainage Partnership – Saltburn (Princes Road & Marske Road) Flood Alleviation SchemeWhitley Brook Flood Reduction Scheme
Flood Risk Reduction Schemes 2 – Cottonstones near Lumb, CalderdaleNorth Road, Holme Village Flood AlleviationWilliton Flood Alleviation Study
Flood Risk Reduction Schemes 2 – Railes Close between Luddenden and MidgleyPallion Flood Alleviation Scheme

Eleven of the above projects are new investigative studies for potential schemes that will provide hope to communities without a project on the current programme. 

Additional projects will be identified in the remaining years of the government’s flood capital investment programme which runs from 2021 to 2027.