Creating new flood defences

Flood defences will be required to contain flood water as it passes through the city. The height of the defences required will depend on a number of factors, including how much storage can be provided upstream.

Flood defences can impact on the relationship between the city and its rivers, particularly in terms of views and access. It is important to design flood defences based on a human scale and in a way that is sensitive to the local landscape. This becomes easier if the height of the defences can be reduced by providing flood storage upstream.

How high is acceptable?

In some locations, construction of relatively high flood walls may need to be the only means of containing flood water, even if upstream storage areas are built. In the consultation we ask for your views about the height of flood defences that might be acceptable in various locations. In the questions we use the descriptions below.