Header
E-mail: enquiries@bfap.org Telephone: 01603 226161
HomeThe ProjectProject AreaCompartments indexEnvironmental IssuesCurrent ConsultationsConsultation ProcessPublications/ReportsNewsProject LinksOther Useful LinksContact UsArchived Newsshad

Archived news from 2009

Compartment 4 - Clayrack Marshes (How Hill)

A planning application (reference: 2008/0249) was submitted to the Broads Authority on July 22nd 2008. The application is to complete the defence works started in 2005. Permission was granted on September 12th 2008.

Works to improve the level of protection to part of the How Hill National Nature Reserve started in November 2008. Due to the importance of this area for informal recreation and educational visits, as well as the sensitive ecology, the works are being undertaken during late autumn and winter in order to minimise disruption and disturbance. The Broads Authority is paying for the surface of floodbank between How Hill Staithe and Boardmans Mill to be upgraded so that it is suitable for use by the less able.

Click here for more information about Compartment 4

Compartment 6 (Candle Dyke) Planning Application granted

A planning application (reference: 2009/0187) for flood defence works was submitted to the Broads Authority in July 2009. This is for flood defence works along the length of bank between Candle Dyke and Highs Drainage Mill.

Planning permission was granted in September 2009. Works are due to commence in winter 2009 with the infilling of the soke dyke. Earthworks started in May 2010.

Click here for more information about Compartment 6

Compartments 29 and 30 planning application

A planning application (ref. 2008/0373) for flood defence improvement works to protect Oulton and Blundeston Marshes was submitted to the Broads Authority on 27th November 2008. Planning permission was granted on February 6th 2009 and works started in March 2009.

Click here to read more about Compartment 29
Click here to read more about Compartment 30

Compartment 37 Fishley and Hermitage Marshes

A planning application (reference: 2008/0089) for the works was submitted to the Broads Authority on 7th March 2008. This is for flood defence works on the right bank of the River Bure.

This application was twice been deferred.

Planning permission was approved at the Broads Authority Planning Committee meeting on September 12 2008 and works started spring 2009.

Click here to read more about Compartment 37

Compartment 17 planning re-submission

A planning application (ref. 2008/0367) for flood defence improvement works on the River Yare at Postwick was submitted to the Broads Authority on 21st November 2008. The application was accompanied by a report to inform an Appropriate Assessment, which has to be undertaken by the Broads Authority before the application can be considered.

The Appropriate Assessment has concluded that the scheme is not acceptable without the need for further studies to identify solutions to the flooding problems on the nearby SSSI.

Click here to read more about Compartment 17

 

Public Forum 2009

BESL recently held a public forum at Acle, Norfolk. These exhibitions are held every two years. The 2007 event marked a move away from closed group reporting and discussions with stakeholders to an open event where stakeholders and the general public were invited to attend.

2009 saw a repeat of the open event but on a larger scale. Information panels were produced providing details on a variety of aspects of the project. Specific mention was made of the less visible work undertaken by project staff and the improvements and enhancements the project has brought to the area.

Numerous environmental surveys are undertaken by project staff as well as mitigation works, reporting and processing of information with contributions made to local and national records. This work is a vital part of the projects objectives. The Broads is a biologically rich area with numerous sites having national and international status. The environmental work is one of the less visible aspects of the works undertaken by BESL with the teams often working in pairs with no significant machinery other than a clipboard!

Another part of the exhibition was dedicated to the hydraulic model developed by project staff. The model is employed beyond the project with its information regularly used by the Environment Agency and the Broads Authourity. This sophisticated piece of software is utilised during the design process. Its predictions have proven to be very reliable when compared to actual events.

Other exhibition topics included GIS; background about the project; reports on completed work compartments and a discussion of the design process. Information was also provided on a series of enhancement projects undertaken both by the project and in collaboration with others. Enhancements included improved moorings, footpaths and fishing platforms.

Additionally both the Environment Agency and the Broads Authority exhibited at the Forum.

Over 300 people attended the exhibition, meeting staff, enjoying refreshments and participating in a quiz where we challenged the viewer to tell us Where in the Broads? some pictures were taken. Images of popular sites were dispersed about the exhibition, views, but not always from the angle you would expect!

Engagement with the local community is an integral part of the BFAP ethos. The public Forum is one of a series of events that BESL are engaged in this year, with guided walks and attendance at fetes and open events later this year the project team are keen to promote both better understanding of the work we are engaged with and to encourage the local community to have their say.

Where in the Broads?

Please click on the link below to see the questions and answers to the quiz posed at the Forum.

Where in the Broads - quiz questions and answers

Compartment 8 Planning Application

A planning application (reference: 2008/0180) for flood defence works was submitted to the Broads Authority in April 2009. This is for flood defence works on the left bank of the River Thurne.

Planning permission was granted in June 2009. Works started in August 2009.

Click here to read more about Compartment 8

International students receive insight into flood defences

In March this year a group of staff and students from Zeldenrust Steelant College in Holland came to visit Cliff Park High School, Norfolk, as part of an international Geography Exchange project. The schools are investigating the issues of both flooding in our local area and flood alleviation, this work forms part of the Dutch students exam syllabus. The exchange provides the students with an exciting opportunity to carry out joint studies in each others countries.

Their programme included investigations along Great Yarmouth and Gorleston seafronts; looking at the risk of flood management along the river Yare and visiting parts of the Norfolk Broads. This latter visit was facilitated by staff working on Broadland Flood Alleviation Project (BFAP) who arranged a two hour boat trip for the staff and students starting from Horning.

Before setting out on the boat Matthew Philpot and Jamie Manners (both from Halcrow Group Limited) gave a presentation about flooding and the function of flood defences and the roles of the civil engineer and environmental scientist have in developing the defence solutions. The boat trip gave the staff and students the opportunity to view completed flood defence works in the environment.

The BFAP is a 20 year joint venture project between BAM Nuttall Limited and Halcrow Group Limited for the Environment Agency providing improvements to over 200km of flood defences within the Broadland river system. The project provides a long term commitment to local flood defence works and the environment and this trip is an example of how the project is actively involved with the local community.

Other public events have included the recent public Forum held in April where the project team staged a large scale exhibition open to the general public, with over 200 attendees both from organisations and of private individuals the exhibition was a further example of how the project is promoting the work and engaging with the local community. Further planned activities for this year included free, guided themed walks in the Broads and attendance at local fetes and specialist days giving the local community the opportunity to meet with, and talk with, members of the project team, to view the works and to learn about the full extent of the preparatory works undertaken both prior and post-construction including the detailed environmental works and the post-construction monitoring.

Compartment 13 Cantley Parish Staithe Planning Application

A planning application (reference: 2008/0180) for flood defence works was submitted to the Broads Authority in May 2009 . This includes the provision of new mooring facilities and a slipway as part of a Cantley Parish Council scheme.

Planning permission was granted in June 2009. Works started in November 2009 and were completed in 2010.

Click here to read more about Compartment 13 Cantley Staithe

Adder catching in the Waveney Valley - article

Reptile mitigation works being undertaken by BESL staff were the recent subject of an article published in the Eastern Daily Press (the biggest selling regional newspaper in the UK). The reporter and photographer joined the team as they undertook mitigation for adders along the River Waveney near Great Yarmouth.

Click on the link below to read the article in full.

Click here to read the adder catching article in full

Compartment 7 - Thurne to West Somerton

A planning application (reference: 2008/0180) for flood defence works was submitted to the Broads Authority in May 2008 . This is for flood defence works on the left bank of the River Thurne.

The application was considered by the planning committee on Friday 16th August and was refused on the grounds that the proposals did not include provision for maintaining the piling that forms the 24 hour mooring at Potter Heigham.

The planning application was resubmitted to the Broads Authority in December 2008 and planning permission was granted at the March 2009 committee. Works started in April 2009.

Click here to read more about Compartment 7

Piling removal winter 2008/2009 - Compartments 5 and 21

Planning permission was given for piling removal on the River Chet (Compartment 21) and Rivers Ant and Bure (both Compartment 5) at the Broads Authoritys planning committee on 7 November 2008. The permission also included retrospective approval for some piling on the River Chet and River Waveney (Compartment 22) that had to be taken out earlier in the year because it had become a danger to navigation. Details of the proposals can be found on the BA website under planning, search for application references BA/2008/0283 (Compartment 5) and BA/2008/0315 (Compartment 21 and 22).

Work to remove piling on the Ant between Ludham Bridge and How Hill began in November 2008. Once the piles are extracted the edge of the river is being re-profiled with a sloping edge, which provides short-term protection whilst reed establishes on the elevated section (cadge bank) above. Piling removal on the River Chet started in March 2009 and was completed in April 2009.

Click here for more information about Compartment 5
Click here to read more about Compartment 21

Click here to go to Archived News from pre-2005

Click here to go to Archived News from 2005

Click here to go to Archived News from 2006

Click here to go to Archived News from 2007

Click here to go to Archived News from 2008

Click here to go to Archived News from 2009

Click here to go to Archived News from 2010

Click here to go to Archived News from 2011

 

Click here to return to the main News page

 

Click here to return to the main News page

 

Copyright © Broadland Flood Alleviation Project 2012 - All Rights Reserved.E-mail: enquiries@bfap.orgTelephone: 01603 226161
header