Thames Valley Flood Scheme - Project ambitions and working together

Closed 20 Aug 2021

Opened 26 May 2021


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  2. Why do we need the Thames Valley Flood Scheme?
  3. What is the Thames Valley Flood Scheme?
  4. Project ambitions and working together
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What are the Thames Valley Flood Scheme project ambitions and how do we hope to work together to achieve these?

Working together

A scheme of this scale can only succeed if we work in partnership and with the support of local communities.

As well as investigating a range of approaches for managing flood risk, the Thames Valley Flood Scheme is committed to improving recreational opportunities, the environment, habitat and biodiversity. These aspirations are represented in the scheme’s overarching ambitions.

We have reached a key stage in the scheme's feasibility work and are beginning to develop partnerships. We have established a Strategic Partner Advisory Group (SPAG) to provide insight and expertise in shaping the project ambitions and working towards a catchment approach to managing flood risk.

To really make this work for the Thames Valley we want to understand what is important for everyone who lives, works in and visits the Thames Valley.

What you tell us in this consultation will help inform the appraisal process on the range of approaches we are considering.  

Project ambitions

The Environment Agency and partners have identified several ambitions the Thames Valley Flood Scheme would like to achieve. Each of these ambitions will be measured against criteria and used as part of the process to shortlist preferred approaches.

Flood risk management ambitions

  • Improve flood resilience to over 20,000 properties.
  • Benefit communities and businesses that have previously suffered river flooding where defences have not been built and are not planned.
  • Improve the climate change resilience of communities that benefit from existing and planned flood risk management schemes into the future.

Environmental ambitions

  • Create new publicly accessible recreational asset(s) of regional significance.
  • Create new habitat(s) of regional significance delivering net gain for biodiversity and natural capital
  • Provide a measurable positive contribution to sustainable development, demonstrating our contribution towards international, national and local goals.

Scale ambition

  • Benefit a large geographical area throughout the Thames Valley, including multiple local authorities

In delivery, the Environment Agency also aims to:

  • Ensure the project is economically viable, affordable and deliverable.
  • Deliver the project in partnership.
  • Explore opportunities to work with others to reduce flood risk from surface water, groundwater and sewers.
  • Emit 80% less construction carbon in comparison to previously constructed Flood Alleviation Schemes and be a Net Zero contributor from 2030 onwards.
  • Help communities understand the need for climate resilience measures to reduce the growing flood risk.
  • Encourage diversity and reduce inequality in the Thames Valley.

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  • Fishing clubs and representative associations
  • Members of the public with an interest in the river, the species and conservation
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