The proposed Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme is making steady progress. Over summer the Environment Agency, leading the project, applied for planning permission from Oxfordshire County Council. It hopes to get a response by the end of the year, allowing construction to start in 2019.
The £121m project secured funding in early 2018, with £65m of central government finance along with contributions from other stakeholders. The scheme is designed to reduce the risk of flooding to all properties already in danger from the Thames in Oxford.
The University, recognising the impact of flooding in the city, has been closely involved with the project for several years. The scheme also benefits the University’s joint aspiration with the City Council, County Council and the Oxford Local Enterprise Partnership to unlock the potential of the Osney Mead industrial estate by developing it into a world-class research and innovation quarter.
Many parts of the city have experienced major damage several times in recent years. The proposed construction work will reduce the risk of flooding to homes and businesses, preventing damage and distress. It will also help to keep road and rail links open and protect essential services such as electricity and broadband from disruption.
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Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme – the environmental vision