Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Grant for homes in Furneux Pelham

Closed 31 Dec 2021

Opened 7 Apr 2021


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Flood Risk in Furneux Pelham

Did you know there are 10 properties that could be at very significant risk of river flooding in Furneux Pelham? The River Ash runs through the heart of Furneux Pelham and caused garden and property flooding in 1968, 1978, 2001 and 2014. With the impacts of climate change, flooding is predicted to happen more frequently unless we act now.

The Environment Agency are offering an £8,000 grant to help reduce the risk of flooding to properties by installing Property Flood Resilience (PFR) measures. Get in touch today to find out if you’re eligible for the grant.

What is a Property Flood Resilience Grant?

A Property Flood Resilience (PFR) grant is an amount of money you can apply for to protect your property from river flooding. You can use the PFR grant to reduce the risk of flooding to your home by fitting discreet flood resilience measures to your property. These include:

  • Automatic closing Airbricks - When water reaches the airbrick they automatically close to prevent water from entering the property. When water levels subside they re-open to allow air circulation.
  • Non-return valves - fitted to pipes which exit the property ensuring wastewater to only flow in one direction and prevent backflow.
  • Flood doors or barriers - Flood doors replace existing doors, or barriers are fitted outside the existing door to prevent water from entering through these points.
  • Wall defence – water sealants, re-pointing and rendering
  • Pumps to remove water - puddle sucker pump or sump and pump

PFR products offer an alternative and more permanent means for homeowners to manage their flood risk, without having to rely on sandbags. PFR measures can be more cost-effective and easier-to-implement providing peace of mind and helping to reduce the stress and damage that flooding causes.

If you want more information on PFR, you can read about it on the National Flood Forum’s website.

How much can I get?

We are offering £8,000 to properties at ‘very significant’ risk of river flooding in Furneux Pelham.

How do I register my interest?

To register your interest, please email your name and address to

The process

In order to determine whether your property can become more resilient to flooding, the Environment Agency will organise an independent property survey. This will identify which of the features mentioned above are most suitable for your property. These products have been designed to minimise water entering your property and/or to slow it down so you have time to lift your possessions to a safer level. Each property survey is completed by an independent surveyor and is entirely tailored to your property, therefore you and your neighbour will have a different set of options depending on the features of your property.

 The flood product survey will be completely confidential, will not affect your home insurance and will be carried out free of charge.

If flood resilience and resistance products are suitable for your property then funding from the Environment Agency can contribute up to £8,000 towards the overall cost of the products and installation. In order to provide full property protection, the whole quotation must be accepted. Where the measures exceed this cap, householders will be required to pay all additional costs.

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