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Sheffield Lower Don Valley Flood Defence Project and Business Improvement District

Sheffield City Council is working with Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and the Environment Agency to implement a flood defence scheme for the Lower Don Valley (LDV). The LDV is a critical economic area for Sheffield, second only to the city centre, but was devastated during the floods in 2007 which caused hundreds of millions of pounds of damage, disruption to businesses and infrastructure and put the public at significant risk.

Project overview

Improving flood protection up to and including a 1 in 100 year event standard, the project will see the installation of over 50 interventions along an 8km stretch of the River Don between the Wicker and the Blackburn Brook at the M1.

Mitigation against the effects of climate change to 2039 is built into the scheme, with further updates required beyond this to maintain the standard through to 2069.

The aim is to protect over 500 business properties and thousands of jobs, as well as ensuring that the LDV remains an attractive place for new investment and a great place to do business. In particular, improved flood protection should help businesses in the area to secure flood risk insurance, and potentially at more competitive rates.

Budget and funding

The project budget of £19.044m is now fully secured. Over 90% of the costs are being financed by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (defra) and the Environment Agency (EA), with a contribution of £1.4 million from the private sector raised through the mechanism of a Business Improvement District (BID).

Business Improvement District (BID)

BIDs were enabled by legislation in the Local Government Act 2003. Implementation is dependent on securing a positive result by a democratic ballot. In December 2013, affected businesses voted in a ballot with a majority of 82% of voters in favour of the BID proposal and a majority of 95% on the count of rateable value of those parties that voted. The local authority collects the levy and manages the income and expenditure to enable the project to proceed. The BID term is a period of five years between 1st July 2014 and 30th June 2019.

The support of the business community is key to the success of this project. BIDs are common in other towns and cities in England, however this is the first ever organised in Sheffield, and the first nationally for a capital build project. The BID funding provides both a capital contribution towards the new flood defences and a revenue stream for ongoing channel maintenance. Uniquely, the channel maintenance is being delivered by a social enterprise, The River Stewardship Company. The BID Business Plan and Prospectus are provided below for your information.

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce is chairing a Steering Group comprising Sheffield City Council and Environment Agency members, a number of representatives from levy-paying organisations, and a number from non-levy paying organisations who have specific expertise enabling them to advise and support the Steering Group. The Steering Group operates in a non-executive capacity, assuming a scrutiny role on behalf of the BID levy payers.

Invoices for the first year’s BID levy instalment were issued to businesses in the middle of June 2014 for payment by the middle of July and will be issued annually for the duration of the BID period.

These can be paid by any of the following methods; further details are available on the back of the bills.

  • Post Office
  • Pay Point
  • Telephone
  • Internet
  • Bacs

Useful Documents

BID FAQ
Click below to download the Sheffield LDV BID Frequently Asked Questions
BID PROSPECTUS
Click below to download the Sheffield LDV BID Prospectus
LOCATION PLAN 1
Click below to download the Location Plan Part 1
TAX RELIEF BRIEFING NOTE
Click below to download the tax relief briefing note
FIVE WEIRS WALK DIVERSION ROUTE
Click below to download the Five Weirs Walk diversion route
BAILEY BRIDGE/EFFINGHAM STREET DIVERSION ROUTE
Click below to download the Bailey Bridge/Effingham Street diversion route
SCOPE OF CHANNEL MAINTENANCE
Click below to download the Scope of Channel Maintenance Works
LEVY PAYER ZONES
Click below to download the Sheffield LDV BID Levy Payer Zones
LOCATION PLAN 2
Click below to download the Location Plan Part 2
PREPARING YOUR BUSINESS FOR FLOODING
Click below for a guide on preparing your business for flooding
FIVE WEIRS WALK DIVERSION DON ROAD
Click below for Five Weirs Walk diversion Don Road
NURSERY STREET DIVERSION
Click below for Nursery Street diversion
BID BUSINESS PLAN
Click below to download the Sheffield LDV BID Business Plan
FLOOD DEFENCE WORKS SUMMARY
Click below to download the Flood Defence Works Summary
ENVIRONMENT AGENCY BUSINESS FLOOD PLAN
Click below to download the Environment Agency Business Flood Plan
BID STEERING GROUP TERMS OF REFERENCE
Click below to download the BID Steering Group Terms of Reference
WARREN STREET CLOSURE
Click below to download the Warren Street Closure
HADFIELD BRIDGE DIVERSION
Click below to download the Hadfield Bridge diversion

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