Application for burn flood scheme due in New Year

MORE details have been revealed of planned flood alleviation works to a Morpeth burn.

The Herald reported earlier this month that the Environment Agency was planning to build a retention dam for the Cotting Burn upstream of Pottery Bank Court.

The burn has flooded neighbouring homes several times in recent years, despite culvert improvements being carried out, and a dam would reduce the burn’s current risk of a one-in-30-year flood to one-in-100 years.

Now the Environment Agency has confirmed that a planning application for the work is set to be submitted jointly with Northumberland County Council in the New Year.

The dam would be 44m wide and 2.5m high, and would be able to retain about 3,000 cubic metres of water. It is hoped that the project will be completed in the summer.

Environment Agency Project Manager Anthony Myatt said: “In the New Year the Environment Agency and Northumberland County Council will apply for planning permission to make improvements to the Cotting Burn in Morpeth, which forms a part of the town’s flood alleviation scheme.

“Although the Cotting Burn has always been in line for some work as part of the wider flood alleviation scheme, we have only recently finished looking at all of the options in detail.”

He added: “Once built, the Cotting Burn dam will provide flood protection for rainfall events that occur once every 100 years.”

Construction sites and the Information Centre for the Morpeth flood alleviation scheme have now closed for Christmas and will re-open on Monday, January 6. For enquiries call 03708 506506.