Shropshire Star

Next steps in 'ambitious' plans to stop chronic flooding blighting communities

An 'ambitious' project to tackle damaging recurring flooding in the region is set to take a major step forward.

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Flooding has plagued the county in recent years as a more widespread solution is called for. Photo: Chris Bainger

The Severn Valley Water Management Scheme (SVWM) is being developed by the Environment Agency (EA) as a means of preventing some of the chronic flooding that has affected Shropshire and the borders in recent years.

On Wednesday Shropshire Council's cabinet will be asked to sign off on joining a 'joint project board' to develop the plan.

A paper prepared for the cabinet says that consultations with the public will be arranged but that they "will not focus on specific options at this stage".

The plans could utilise a number of measures to tackle flooding in the upper Severn catchment – water which filters down and affects communities in Shrewsbury, Ironbridge, Bridgnorth, and into Worcestershire.