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To see our progress to date please see our new video, explaining the need for the scheme, what the scheme includes and our project ambitions.


New flood storage visualisations

The paintings below are an artist’s impression of a flood storage area. They show a generic location, rather than a specific place. Likely locations would be areas of exiting floodplain. In the top painting you can see what the area might look like most of the time. The painting below shows what the flood storage area would look like when flooding is expected, with water being temporarily stored here. By storing water we can reduce the amount of flooding experienced by communities downstream.


Natural Flood Management update

The Thames Valley Flood Scheme has submitted a bid for part of a new £25 million funding initiative to develop natural flood management measures throughout England.

The Environment Agency and Defra are jointly providing the funding to increase the number of natural flood management schemes. Natural Flood management has been found to increase flood resilience by working with the natural environment. To apply for the funding, projects need to show that their work will improve air and water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and create green spaces for communities.

There may be opportunities to incorporate natural flood management into Thames Valley Flood Scheme. The project team have applied for funding for natural flood management to complement the flood storage element of the scheme.

The Environment Agency will review the applications and grant funding for successful programmes.

Alan Lovell, Environment Agency Chair, said:

“The pioneers who already work with nature-based solutions to achieve greater flood resilience give me hope. I am delighted this new funding will be open to environmental groups, catchment partnerships farmers, landowners, local authorities to speed up more investment in natural flood management. Natural flood management gives us so many wider benefits and I look forward to seeing projects coming forward that also help to create habitats for wildlife, support better river quality, and sequester carbon.”


Engagement timeline

As we are in the early stages of the project and have not yet established which of the approaches will be most effective, it is too early to say exactly how long it will take to deliver a scheme on the ground. The project will need to pass approvals and gain further funding to continue to progress.

To find out about our engagement to date click here.


Graphic showing project milestones: Stage 1 is the Strategic Outline Case, Stage 2 is a long list of flood risk management options, Stage 3 is a short list of options to deliver project objectives, Stage 4 is to identify preferred options, Stages 5 to 7 are to design, develop and produce the Outline Business Case, then produce the full business case, planning and consents before construction starts. There will be ongoing engagement and consultation with partners, landowners, communities and businesses throughout the project.


Project milestones

This timeline shows some of the main project milestones. As with any project of this size, these timescales are approximate and may change as the project develops.

Following the public consultation and technical work, we reviewed the potential approaches. We have identified areas and approaches for consideration. Please see our assessment of approaches above.

Through 2023 to 2025, we will create a shortlist of potential approaches, determine the preferred approach or combination of approaches and present them.

We estimate that it will be beyond 2025 when we will begin to draw up a detailed plan. At this stage, without knowing which approaches are going to be taken forward, we cannot provide a date for when works on the ground would begin.

We will carry out ongoing engagement and consultation with partners, stakeholders, landowners and communities.

In 2023, we aim to run a public consultation on the approaches and locations being considered for shortlisting. Further consultations will follow as the project develops.

To find out about our engagement to date click here.



Next Steps


Contact us

To find out how to keep up to date with our latest news, visit our Contact Us page.

To view any of our previous newsletters follow the links at the top of the page.

To see our progress to date please see our new video, explaining the need for the scheme, what the scheme includes and our project ambitions.


New flood storage visualisations

The paintings below are an artist’s impression of a flood storage area. They show a generic location, rather than a specific place. Likely locations would be areas of exiting floodplain. In the top painting you can see what the area might look like most of the time. The painting below shows what the flood storage area would look like when flooding is expected, with water being temporarily stored here. By storing water we can reduce the amount of flooding experienced by communities downstream.


Natural Flood Management update

The Thames Valley Flood Scheme has submitted a bid for part of a new £25 million funding initiative to develop natural flood management measures throughout England.

The Environment Agency and Defra are jointly providing the funding to increase the number of natural flood management schemes. Natural Flood management has been found to increase flood resilience by working with the natural environment. To apply for the funding, projects need to show that their work will improve air and water quality, provide habitat for wildlife and create green spaces for communities.

There may be opportunities to incorporate natural flood management into Thames Valley Flood Scheme. The project team have applied for funding for natural flood management to complement the flood storage element of the scheme.

The Environment Agency will review the applications and grant funding for successful programmes.

Alan Lovell, Environment Agency Chair, said:

“The pioneers who already work with nature-based solutions to achieve greater flood resilience give me hope. I am delighted this new funding will be open to environmental groups, catchment partnerships farmers, landowners, local authorities to speed up more investment in natural flood management. Natural flood management gives us so many wider benefits and I look forward to seeing projects coming forward that also help to create habitats for wildlife, support better river quality, and sequester carbon.”


Engagement timeline

As we are in the early stages of the project and have not yet established which of the approaches will be most effective, it is too early to say exactly how long it will take to deliver a scheme on the ground. The project will need to pass approvals and gain further funding to continue to progress.

To find out about our engagement to date click here.


Graphic showing project milestones: Stage 1 is the Strategic Outline Case, Stage 2 is a long list of flood risk management options, Stage 3 is a short list of options to deliver project objectives, Stage 4 is to identify preferred options, Stages 5 to 7 are to design, develop and produce the Outline Business Case, then produce the full business case, planning and consents before construction starts. There will be ongoing engagement and consultation with partners, landowners, communities and businesses throughout the project.


Project milestones

This timeline shows some of the main project milestones. As with any project of this size, these timescales are approximate and may change as the project develops.

Following the public consultation and technical work, we reviewed the potential approaches. We have identified areas and approaches for consideration. Please see our assessment of approaches above.

Through 2023 to 2025, we will create a shortlist of potential approaches, determine the preferred approach or combination of approaches and present them.

We estimate that it will be beyond 2025 when we will begin to draw up a detailed plan. At this stage, without knowing which approaches are going to be taken forward, we cannot provide a date for when works on the ground would begin.

We will carry out ongoing engagement and consultation with partners, stakeholders, landowners and communities.

In 2023, we aim to run a public consultation on the approaches and locations being considered for shortlisting. Further consultations will follow as the project develops.

To find out about our engagement to date click here.



Next Steps


Contact us

To find out how to keep up to date with our latest news, visit our Contact Us page.

To view any of our previous newsletters follow the links at the top of the page.

Page last updated: 03 Jan 2024, 02:27 PM