Environmental Considerations

Thinking in the long-term

The scale of the flood risks facing communities across Sheffield is very significant. But major floods occur relatively rarely. It may be many years before the next flood happens, but if we are not prepared when it does happen then the consequences have potential to be devastating for people, the economy and the environment. So we need to consider actions now to safeguard our own and future generations. These actions will need to include spending money on physical changes in the environment that slow the flow, contain floodwater in areas where it does not cause damage and allow the water to pass safely through the city.

A positive environmental legacy

The potential options that we are consulting on could not be built without affecting the current environment. Building some of these proposals could be disruptive in the short term, but altogether positive in the long term. Other proposals may result in a mixture of positive and negative effects. The Council is seeking solutions that would result in a legacy for the environment that is positive overall. Our wider objectives, wherever possible, are to:

  • support future economic growth and job creation;
  • support (sustainable and safe) housing growth;
  • improve access to rivers;
  • restore heritage features;
  • protect and enhance biodiversity;
  • contribute towards improved public health;
  • contribute towards low carbon sustainability.

Making the right choices for the environment

Sheffield is your city – we need your help to make the right environmental choices.

The development of options requires consideration of positive and negative environmental impacts through a process of a) screening, b) scoping and c) assessment. We are still at the screening stage during which environmental sensitivities are identified in consultation with affected parties. This is why we now need your help, with information you may have on the environmental constraints and opportunities in the areas likely it to be effected by the options shown on the maps.

Initial environmental considerations and findings

Our starting point has been an initial environmental appraisal using publicly-available data and initial site walkovers. This work has taken the following issues in to account:

  • Ecology (including both aquatic and terrestrial);
  • Water Environment (including geomorphology, water quality and water resources);
  • Historic Environment in particular listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments;
  • Landscape;
  • Trees;
  • Public amenity, particularly with respect to public access and use.

This work has identified a number of key environmental sensitivities, as outlined in the tables below. Further ecological information is required before sites can be included in or excluded from the scheme. Depending on results of any assessment this may mean that an area or site may be excluded from proposals.

Upper Don Options

Potential Environmental Sensitivity

 

Relevant locations identified to date

Potential impacts on Ancient Woodland extents

·       Beeley Wood Flood Storage Area (FSA)

Potential impacts on arboriculture given tree removal will likely be required

·       Wharncliffe Side FSA

·       River Rivelin FSAs

·       River Loxley FSAs

·       Oughtibridge Defences

·       Hillsborough Defences

·       Neepsend to Kelham Island Defences

Temporary impacts on local habitats and Protected Species

·       Wharncliffe Side FSA

·       Beeley Wood FSA

·       Loxley FSA

·       Rivelin FSA

Potential impacts on the character of the historic environment and listed buildings

·       Rivelin FSA

·       Loxley FSA

·       Loxley Defences

·       Loxley Confluence Defences

·       Beeley Wood FSA

·       Winn Gardens Defences

·       Oughtibridge Weir Improvements,

·       Neepsend to Kelham Island Defences

Potential disturbance of unrecorded archaeological remains

·       Beeley Wood FSA

·       Wharncliffe Side FSA

·       Neepsend to Kelham Island Defences

Visual impact due to loss of landscape character or river access

·       Winn Gardens Defences

·       Rivelin FSA

·       Loxley FSA

·       Oughtibridge and Neepsend to Kelham Island Defences depending on height of defences required.

 

 

 

 

Sheaf and Porter Options

Potential Environmental Sensitivity

 

Relevant locations identified to date

Potential impacts on Ancient Woodland extents

·       Totley Brook FSA

·       Whiteley Woods FSA

Potential impacts on arboriculture given tree removal will be required

·       Totley Brook FSA

·       Whiteley Woods FSA

·       Abbey Brook FSA

·       Mayfield FSA

Temporary impacts on local habitats and Protected Species

·       Mayfield FSA

·       Whiteley Woods FSA

·       Station Drainage Improvements

·       Abbeydale Road to Little London Defences

Potential impacts on the character of the historic environment and listed buildings

·       Abbey Brook FSA,

·       Whiteley Woods FSA

·       Mayfield FSA

·       Endcliffe Park FSA

·       Station Drainage Improvements

Potential disturbance of unrecorded archaeological remains

·       Queens Road to Lower Sheaf Defences

·       Lower Porter Defences

·       Lower Porter Pinch Point Removal

·       Abbey Brook FSA

·       Totley Brook FSA

·       Millhouses Park FSA

Visual impact due to loss of landscape character or river access

·       Mayfield FSA

·       Whiteley Woods FSA

·       Millhouses Park FSA

·       Endcliffe Park FSA

·       Porter Brook and Sheaf defences depending on height of defences required

 

Early engagement on these issues has taken place with statutory stakeholders (Environment Agency, Natural England and Historic England), in line with Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations. 

Next Steps

The Council will refine the current list of options further taking the results of this consultation into account, as well as the advice from engineering and environmental experts.  This will ensure that the next phases focus on minimising risks to the environment whilst taking advantage of any potential opportunities identified to improve the environment. This assessment work will comply with Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Regulations and appropriate British Standards and codes of practice. To ensure a robust assessment is completed the Council will seek to:

  • establish a strong evidence base, using information from both internal and external stakeholders;
  • ensure environmental evidence available in the public domain is made known and considered within the process;
  • ensure all environmental sensitivities are recognised, based on current understanding;
  • ensure concerns and ideas raised by consultees are recorded and taken into account;
  • ensure that survey work is targeted on the important issues identified, and
  • that the scope of environmental issues for each option is determined using the best available evidence and understanding at the time.

At this more detailed phase of environmental appraisal, our team will consider a refined list of options in finer detail.  

Continued Engagement

A key part of the EIA process is engagement with stakeholders and the local community and we therefore welcome feedback on the current list of options to aid identification of any known environmental sensitivities at each of the options presented.  In addition any wider views that stakeholders or the local community believe should be considered as part of this project would be valuable, in particular knowledge of any ideas or opportunities at a local level, where there could be collaborative delivery of environmental enhancements or for public amenity benefit.