Plan for reservoir as part of flood plan

Plan for reservoir as part of flood plan

Plan for reservoir as part of flood plan

First published in News

The Environment Agency has applied for planning permission to construct a flood storage reservoir at Eller Beck, north of Skipton, as part of the £9.7 million Skipton Flood Alleviation Scheme.

The scheme – which has been submitted to North Yorkshire County Council and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority – includes a dam with a crest height of 14 metres, a concrete spillway and culvert, a minor realignment of the beck and a new access road from the A65.

Most of the site is grazing land, but part is occupied by Skipton Golf Club.

A design and access statement says the alleviation scheme is needed as Skipton town centre is at risk of flooding. “The town has experienced a number of flood events in recent history, with significant events in 1908, 1979, 1982 and 2000,” it adds.

The scheme has three main components – the proposed Eller Beck reservoir, another flood storage reservoir on Waller Hill Beck and the installation of flood walls at various locations.

The application has already been discussed by Embsay-with-Eastby Parish Council, which raised no objections, saying it would have minimal impact on the two villages.

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