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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

Latest news

Next public drop in session planned for July

We are holding a public drop in session on Wednesday 20th July at the Chester Green Community Centre from 3.00pm to 6.30pm. There will be information on display about current construction work taking place and next stages. There will also be team members on hand to answer questions about the project and samples of some of the flood defence brickwork. Please contact Cassandra Carruthers on 01332 643488 or email.

Current work on site and forthcoming work

We have construction work taking place in several locations in the project area. Please see below for more details:

June 2016

Haslam's Lane - a temporary bridge has been installed and remaining construction on the bridge is due to be finished soon. Traffic management notices are displayed to assist road users. 
Etruria Gardens, City Road - finish piling preparation and install piles for the new flood defences. Construction in this area is due to be completed in autumn 2016.
St Mary's Bridge area - removal of existing flood defences and start of installation of new flood defences.
Darley Playing Fields - archaeological mitigation work will be taking place around the Chester Green Community Centre and changing rooms.
Alfreton Road Industrial Estate - removal of existing flood defence walls and start construction on new flood defences.
Duke Street area - preparation of riverside area for construction of flood defences due to start in August.

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 is 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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