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More flood defences given the go-ahead

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DETAILED proposals for the initial parts of the third and final phase of the multi-million £ Mersey flood defence scheme at Warrington have been given the go-ahead by planning bosses.
When completed the new flood walls and embankment will provide protection against a one in 100-year flood occurrence.
Members of the borough council’s development management committee approved the proposals after being told short term impacts such as visual intrusion, tree loss and disruption were outweighed by the overriding public benefit of improved long term flood defences.
Outline proposals for the work in the Cinnamon Brow area were approved in April 2012.
Phase 1 of the work – along Knutsford Road, between Black Bear Park and Bridge Foot – has already been completed and Phase 2, between the Scottish Power sub-station and Wharf Street industrial estate is currently under construction.
Phase 3a comprises flood defence walls, embankments and the realignment of Spittle Brook and also involves land at Poulton Park Golf Club, land to the north and east of Solway Close and land to the north of Enfield Park Road.
A section of Spittle Brook will be realigned to cut off a sharp corner and the work will lower the ground on both sides of the watercourse to create additional flood storage.
Flood embankments are proposed where there is sufficient space available, such as at Cinnamon Brow to the west of Cockshot Brook, through Poulton Park Golf Course and along the right bank of Spittle Brook to the east of residential gardens in Solway Close and between the realigned brook and Enfield Park Road.
Flood walls are proposed where there is limited space or where there are ground condition issues.
A report to the committee said opportunities for enhancement of the public realm and, or, natural habitat would be incorporated in the scheme where feasible.
The work will result in some “dramatic visual change” but residents have been consulted and the main impact on living conditions is likely to be that of construction, including temporary access for construction traffic and compounds.
Proposals for Phase 3b will be considered at a later date.

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