The University of Sheffied has won a £2.5M grant to examine the redevelopment of the River Don floodplain.
The project, Urban River Corridors and Sustainable Living Agendas
, will model the rivers around Sheffield, all of which were severely flooded last week. It will examine how different types of development will work on the floodplain.'Almost all of Sheffield's strategic redevelopment areas are in the river corridors of the Don, Sheaf and Porter,' Professor David Lerner, from the University's Catchment Science Centre, which will lead the project.'The project provides a chance to think hard about what to consider in the future and how to get the right balance of social, economic and environmental benefits,' he said.Environment Agency Area Planning and Corporate Services Manager Martin Slater said: 'We will need to build greater resilience to higher temperatures, rising sea levels and 'boom or bust' rainfall patterns.'There will be a greater need to flood proof our towns and cities. It is great news that the Catchment Science Centre has been successfully awarded the funding to carry out this project,' he said.