About the scheme
Delivered by the Environment Agency, in partnership with Calderdale Council, Ove Arup and Partners, the three main areas of work are above Stubbing Brink, at Hebble End and Fairfield.
In partnership with Calderdale Council, the Environment Agency is finalising detailed design and agreeing the implementation of the highway drainage options. Submission of the full business case, which aims to secure approval for scheme delivery, is forecast for this autumn 2023. Following approval of the full business case we will be communicating with eligible property owners regarding the Property Flood Resilience options and working with Calderdale Council to progress construction of the highways drainage improvements. We will also be working with local landowners and partners to develop further Natural Flood Management opportunities on the hillside.
Written updates for the Hebden Bridge Flood Alleviation Schemes Key Stakeholder Group can be viewed here:
October 2023 - update
Current forecast project timescales can be viewed here
Erringden Hillside is located along the southern edge of Hebden Bridge in the Calder Valley. The upper slopes are primarily used for agriculture, with wooded areas on the mid slopes providing a buffer between the more developed lower slopes. The impacts of industrialisation associated with the milling industry are evident with the Rochdale Canal and the Calderdale railway flanking the River Calder within a narrow corridor along the valley bottom.
The catchment is characterised by steep slopes, with interconnected bridleways, footpaths and roads that traverse the hillside. The project area has been considered as three discrete elements, which are summarised as follows:
Located at the western end of Hebden Bridge, this straddles the Rochdale Canal and Calderdale railway cutting. The area is primarily residential.
The site is located between the River Calder and Rochdale Canal and contains a mix of residential and commercial properties. It provides an important access point to the Fairfield and Horsehold areas.
Located at the east of Hebden Bridge, it is bounded by the railway line. The area is primarily residential.
The network of footpaths and access tracks on the steep catchment provides efficient routes for surface water to flow down the hillside to the urbanised areas of Hebden Bridge.