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Calderdale flood scheme conserves historic environment

The first phase of the £30m Mytholmroyd flood scheme in Calderdale has been completed. Historic England played an important role in designing the project, which is located within a conservation area.

This initial phase of works has seen a bridge, footpaths and flood walls constructed. Works to improve drainage, landscaping and lighting have also been carried out. According to Environment Agency senior flood advisor, Mark Tupman, a natural stone was selected for the flood walls which, over time, will blend in with the existing surrounding stone.

He commented: "There are a range of stone and brick types on buildings surrounding the defences and the works will provide cohesion to the existing environment."

Mytholmroyd is categorised as a conservation area by Historic England and contains various grade one and two listed buildings and structures, many of which feature stonework on their external structure.

Other key elements of the project include, the widening of the river at key locations and flood proofing buildings adjacent to the river. The scheme aims to protect c300 homes and 70 businesses with a one in 50 year standard of protection, a significant improvement from the current one in five year standard.

The project has been developed by the Environment Agency in partnership with Calderdale Council. It is expected to be completed by winter 2019/20.

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