Project overview

‌‌Existing flood defences for the city are reaching the end of their design life meaning that in a severe flood event, there would be a major impact on homes, businesses, infrastructure (such as major routes in and out of the city centre) and important heritage assets such as the Derwent Valley ‌Mills World Heritage Site.

‌In January 2011, the Environment Agency formally adopted the Lower Derwent Flood Risk Management Strategy which looked at reducing the existing 1 in 25 chance of flooding from the River Derwent. The strategy concluded that the most appropriate way to reduce flood risk to properties and people would be to realign the flood defences through Derby city centre. This would help minimise the required height of the defences and minimise any increases in flood risk to upstream and downstream areas. Further details of the areas at risk of flooding can be found on the Environment Agency’s website

Since the emergence of the Strategy, the Council has worked in partnership with the Environment Agency to propose a solution that would protect people, properties and strategic infrastructure while regenerating key development sites along the riverside in Derby. The uncertainty associated with flood risk meant that developers were less likely to invest in property or land.
The Our City Our River project has been developed to reduce flood risk through long-term and sustainable economic development, creating a high quality riverside, linking the city centre with the river. The Our City Our River project includes plans for defences which would protect many areas against a 1 in 100 year chance of occurrence and provide an ideal opportunity to release the economic potential of brownfield sites along the river frontage.
Following public consultation, we adopted the Environment Agency led Our City Our River Masterplan in July 2012. The masterplan represents our commitment to:
  • reduce flood risk in Derby
  • protect the city's heritage and
  • promote sustainable economic development.

The Masterplan outlines the key aims of the project and provides a framework which the Council and its partners will use to create attractive and vibrant areas along the river where people want to live, work and visit. 

OCOR River GardensWhat 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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