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£42M Hull flood defence scheme in for planning

Humber Hull Frontage Improvement Scheme Victoria Dock Village East

Bam Nuttall and Mott MacDonald could start work on a £42M flood defence scheme in Hull by the end of the year, after a planning application was submitted this week.

The Environment Agency handed in documents for the 8km-long Humber Hull Frontage Improvement Scheme.

It has been designed to enhance protection from tidal flooding to 113,000 homes and businesses along the Humber Estuary.

More than 250 properties were flooded in Hull in December 2013 due to overtopping of existing defences. There have been two other major tidal events in the area in the past 65 years.

Nine sites have been identified for improvements as part of the latest scheme including St Andrew’s Quay, Albert Dock and Victoria Dock Village.

Environment Agency project manager Helen Tattersdale said: “It is vital for Hull to have improved defences to protect against the potential devastating tidal flooding from the Humber Estuary.

“This investment has enabled us to assess a significant length of the current flood defence walls and embankments that run along the Hull frontage to come up with a scheme that will better protect the city both now and in the future taking into account climate change.” 

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