Barton to New Holland Flood Alleviation Scheme

Closes 31 Jan 2024

Opened 19 Jan 2022


Welcome to the Barton to New Holland Tidal Flood Alleviation Scheme!

Flooding is a long-standing problem for the communities of Barton, Barrow and New Holland. Previous tidal flood incidents such as the 5th of December 2013, highlight the need for improved tidal flood defences and increased community resilience within these areas.

The Environment Agency is currently developing a new long term strategy for managing flood risk around the Humber Estuary. The strategy provides an outline programme of the work needed to maintain the estuary’s flood defences for the next 100 years. One project within this wider strategy is the Barton to New Holland Flood Alleviation Scheme.

The previous Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy (2008) identified the Barton to New Holland frontage as one of 27 flood areas where defences would need to be improved in the next 20 years (from 2008). Previous tidal flood incidents such as on the 5th of December 2013, also highlight the need for improved tidal flood defences and increased community resilience within these areas.

This scheme aims to develop an approach to alleviate tidal flooding, which has communities, sustainability, and adaptation at its core.

We have created this page to provide easy access to information about the project for our stakeholders. Here you will find the latest news and progress on the project as well as details about its objectives and importantly, how you can get involved.


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We recognise the importance of our stakeholders being informed and involved in the project and we value your feedback and local knowledge to help make the project a success. You can contact us at our dedicated email address:

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Latest Update

Below are the latest updates to help you see how the project is progressing:

December 2022 Project Update

Aerial photograph taken towards New Holland Dock, during the December 2013 tidal surge.

About the Project

Who is Involved?

The Environment Agency in partnership with Jacobs and Ove Arup Ltd are exploring a sustainable and resilient future for the coastal frontage and communities between Barton and New Holland on the Humber Estuary. Working with local stakeholders, we aim utilise the communities local knowledge and aspirations for the area to develop flood defences with the long-term goal of improving resilience to future flooding.

Project Organogram

Where is the Project Area?

The area of focus is from Barton Cliff to New Holland Docks. The red line shown on the map shows the extent of the area we will be looking at as part of this project.

Project Extent Map

Image description: The red line on this map shows the extent of the project boundary.

Why is the Project Needed?

The Barton to New Holland project aims to provide solutions to the challenges facing this area of coastline. The frontage was identified in the 2008 Humber Strategy which identified areas at risk of flooding, where improvements were needed to existing defences within the next 20 years. Since the strategy was published there have been significant tidal flood incidents in the area, such as in December 2013.

In December 2013, the communities from Barton to New Holland experienced their most significant tidal surge since 1953. Along with homes, businesses and a local school, extensive damage was caused to 3.5km of flood embankments which required large scale repairs throughout the winter and the following spring. Environment Agency flood models predict that a future tidal surge of a similar size or bigger than the December 2013 surge is likely to occur in the next 50 years.

Climate change is increasing the frequency and size of these flood surges and therefore, we need to adapt and improve existing defences as well as build new defences to help increase resilience and reduce the impact of major tidal flood incidents. There is no quick fix or short-term solution. This is a long process which will create a long-term sustainable solution.

What are the Projects Objectives?

The project team have worked together to develop 4 objectives we hope to achieve through this project. These are:

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To reduce flood risk to the communities along the Barton to New Holland frontage by March 2027 and maximise the number of properties with an increased standard of protection. And improve the resilience of homes, businesses, and infrastructure in the floodplain.

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When deciding options seek opportunities to align with the objectives of partners and stakeholders. Ensure that the community and stakeholders and engaged in all stages of the project from initial ideas through to construction completion.

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Minimise the impact on the environment and in particular the environmentally designated sites and where possible provide environmental enhancements.

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Develop a solution that minimises the whole life carbon impact of the scheme while maximising resilience against future flooding events. With the preferred option contributing to being a net zero organisation by 2030.

Project Timeline

Below is a timeline of how the project is expected to progress over the next 5 years from options development stage, through to the design stage and finally the construction and post construction phases. All phase timings are subject to change.

Project Timeline

How are we Engaging with our Stakeholders?

We are committed to keeping the local community and our stakeholders informed and engaged throughout this project. To do this we have set up community working groups such as our Resilience Advisory Group and Steering Group, where invited residents, councillors and agencies come together to learn more about the project and provide us with their feedback and suggestions.

There are many ways you can keep up to date with the project; This website will be kept up to date with regular project updates and our next steps. We also have a project newsletter published quarterly, if you would like to be added to the newsletter mailing list please let us know by emailing us via the project email.

What is the Flood Risk in this Area?

Flood Risk Map

Image description: Composite Tidal Flood Modelling showing 1 in 200 (0.5%) Annual Exceedance Probability scenario over the next 100 years. Note: the extent shown assumes that breaching occurs prior to 2056. Thereafter, Do Minimum and Do Nothing are the same, as defences are overwhelmed more regularly, and the natural flood plain broadly fills to a deeper depth.

Graph showing Effect of Sea Level Rise on Sea Defence Standard

Image description: Predicted sea level rise for a range of 1in200 annual chance water levels and associated reduction of Annual Exceedance Probability of a typical existing embankment near to the Humber Bridge. The ranges are determined using three standard climate change prediction scenarios up to 100 years into the future.

How will the Project be Funded?

As you can imagine, a scheme of this scale requires significant funding. Using the economic assessment of the solution options and expected outcome measures, the project team will apply for Government funding. The outcomes measures, including economic benefit (properties, businesses, land and infrastructure), human benefit (health and welfare), and ecological benefit are used to determine how much funding will be granted. Any funding shortfall is required to be filled by contributions from others. The project team are currently identifying and contacting potential funding partners.

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Contact Us


Twitter: @EnvAgency

Environment Agency Customer Contact Centre: 03708 506 506

To report an incident (24-hour service): 0800 80 70 60

Flood warning information - Flood line: 0345 988 1188


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