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What is Our City, Our River?
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What is Our City, Our River?‌

Did you know that there are currently approximately 2,000 properties in Derby that are at risk from flooding?

To address this, we have been working in partnership with the Environment Agency to create a scheme designed to reduce the risk of flooding, while maximising regeneration opportunities and environmental improvements.

As well as safeguarding people and property, the Our City, Our River project is seen as an important mechanism for enhancing the local environment, creating better public access and protecting the biodiversity and heritage assets along the riverside. The ambition is for the scheme to be completed by 2023, subject to securing planning approvals and funding.

Background information about the development of the Our City Our River project can be found here

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Volunteer to be part of history!

We will be holding a Big Community Dig from 3rd May until 27th May at the Darley Fields in Chester Green. Anyone wishing to take part, must register with our archaeology team at TPA.Volunteering@yorkat.co.uk or call 0115 896 7408 to sign up. Contact us now to snap up remaining places!

Archaeology investigations

Work has started on the archaeology investigations in Chester Green and we are looking for volunteers to help to process the finds. Find out more on our Archaeology page or read the blog.

What is the schedule for the project?

The delivery of the project is spilt into three packages and subject to securing necessary funding, is intended to be delivered between 2015 and 2023. The funding for Package 1 is in place and this will be the first stage of work to be undertaken.

The three packages are;

Package 1: located between the Alfreton Road Industrial Estate in the north and Sowter Road in the south, with the exception of works at Darley Abbey Mills Bridge.

Package 2: located at Breadsall, Darley Abbey Mills Bridge, all sites between North Riverside and Meadow Lane, and sites at Derby Junction Railway Bridge, Pride Park, Ambaston and Shardlow.

Package 3: located from Chaddesden Sidings & Triangle and Raynesway on the north side of the river, plus Alvaston Park on the south side of the river.

Due to the complexity and scale of the project, a great deal of preparation work has been done to ensure:

  • all regulatory and planning consent requirements are met
  • any sensitive historical or archaeological areas have been correctly identified and mapped and
  • the proposal for each stage of the project has been carefully considered.

A planning application for the project was approved on 15th October 2015 at Derby City Council's Planning Control Committee. The planning application is a hybrid application which includes full and outline planning proposals and proposals to be delivered through the Environment Agency's permitted development rights. If you wish to view the full planning application, please use the eplanning service quoting reference number 02/15/00210.

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