The Lowestoft Flood Defence Project worth £10 million pounds

A proposal of £32 million was approved for the Lowestoft Flood Management Project (LFRMP) to help prevent future major flooding events in residents and businesses in Lowestoft. A £10 m contribution to LFRMP has been approved by the board of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

Anglian Water, the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, Suffolk County Council, The Government’s Flood and Coastal Risk Management Grant and Aid and Waveney Council are too helping fund and manage the project.

The LFRMP will be composed of two key elements. The first being, the floodwalls on the north and south sides of the entrance to the inner harbour will be reinforced by being tied onto existing defences or into high ground. The second, is to build a tidal gate for the inner at the front of the Bascule Bridge

Cities in the east have been affected by severe winter storm surges. More than 150 homes and 230 commercial properties were flooded by a huge tidal surge in December 2013. Main transportation links were also closed, including the Lowestoft Railway Station and the A12 due to the tidal flood.

Flooding caused further problems to the town in 2015 and 2016, which resulted in damage and disruption towards the local economy and community. LFRMP would reduce the risk of tidal flooding in Lowestoft to a minimum of 1 in 200, whereas the risk probability is currently between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20.

This project will attempt to protect current homes and businesses from floods surrounding the Lowestoft Harbour/Lake Lothing areas. By securing current jobs and creating new employment opportunities, the project will also provide opportunities for investment and economic growth.  

Other benefits of this project will include; securing £499m GVA per annum whilst assisting the generation of a further £195m of GVA per year, which totals £694m per year within this area; protecting 3,500 direct and 8,000 indirect new jobs; and safeguarding 10,900 jobs.

Chair of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Mark Pendlington said: “This is an incredible project that comes with a vast array of benefits. It will offer security to residents and businesses that live and trade within Lowestoft and will unleash its extensive potential for further economic growth.”

The approval of the final business case will mean that work will be able to begin in July 2018 and finish in September 2020.