FAQs

What is the existing flood risk at Brunton Park?

The Environment Agency (EA) has identified two flood risk zones in the area.

• Flood Zone 3 shows a 1 in 100 probability of flooding from the Ouseburn. The EA predicts 74 properties could flood internally.

• Flood Zone 2 shows a 1 in 1000 probability of flooding from the Ouseburn. The EA predicts 179 properties could flood internally.

How does this compare with flooding in 2008?

The September 2008 flooding event, which caused significant flooding on the estate, was more than a 1 in 50 probability of a flood event. While there were very few properties affected directly from the Ouseburn, the level in the Ouseburn was high enough to affect the surface water drainage system which caused both internal and external flooding to a large number of properties.

How will new development upstream affect the flood risk on Brunton Park?

Since April 2015 Newcastle City Council, as the Lead Local Flood Authority, has become a statutory consultee for planning applications where 10 or more houses are built and for some commercial developments. The Government expects sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDs) will be provided in new developments where this is appropriate. They manage surface water in a more natural way and typically close to where it falls. SUDs can be designed to slow water down before it enters streams or rivers, provide areas to store water and can be used to allow water to soak into the ground or evaporate from surface water.

Any new developments upstream of the estate will be required to manage the surface water from their development and to make sure the new development will not affect the flood risk at Brunton Park.

On the Great Park site the drainage ponds on Melbury have been adopted by the City Council and they are maintained by the Great Park Consortium.

The Brunton Park flood protection scheme will be a significant part of the management of flood risk in the area.

What is my flood risk from the drainage system?

Northumbrian Water has carried out a flood risk assessment for all reported properties that have flooded on the estate. Properties that are assessed as being at risk due to incapacity in the network (including the level within the Ouseburn) are placed on an ‘Internal Sewer Flooding Register’ and would fall into one of three categories;

• 2 in 10 probability of suffering internal sewer flooding in any given year
• 1 in 10 probability of suffering internal sewer flooding in any given year
• 1in 20 probability of suffering internal sewer flooding in any given year

There are currently 58 properties deemed to be at risk of internal flooding within the estate from both the foul (household waste) and surface water (water from roofs and roads) sewers.

What level of protection will the joint scheme offer?

Northumbrian Water’s aim for this project is to reduce the risk of flooding from the public sewerage system to a 1 in 40 probability in any given year. This would put customers at no greater risk of flooding than any other customer in the region, including new housing. This is better than the required standard set by OFWAT.

The flood defence embankment and walls along the edge of the Ouseburn will aim to reduce the risk of flooding from the river to a 1 in 200 probability in any given year.

What will happen once the scheme is complete?

Northumbrian Water will write to all affected customers confirming that the risk of flooding has been greatly reduced following completion of the scheme and that the property has been removed from the ‘Internal Sewer Flooding Register’.

Once the scheme is complete, the EA’s flood risk maps will be revised to show that the area of Brunton Park, currently sitting within Flood Zone 3, now benefits from a flood defence. This information is used by the insurance industry to determine risk.

You can get information from the Environment Agency for your insurance company. All you need do is email northeast-newcastle@environment-agency.gov.uk or write to Customers and Engagement Team, Environment Agency, Tyneside House, Skinnerburn Road, Newcastle Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7AR. Please make sure you provide a full address and postcode when requesting information.

The Environment Agency will then be able to issue an IRR (insurance related report) for the property in question as this is what has been approved with the Association of British Insurers. The report gives information that the insurance company needs to determine cover including: whether there are any defences in the area and the standard of protection that they provide, how likely flooding is, taking into account any defences in the area, whether there are any future plans for flood defences in the area and any history of flooding in the area.

What will the flood risk be on the estate after this scheme?

The event of experiencing a storm, greater than our design standards, it is possible that flooding will occur in areas of the estate prone to existing flooding. While this is not desirable, we can not totally eliminate flood risk. The proposed upgrades to the sewerage system and introduction of flood defences along the Ouseburn will significantly reduce the likelihood and impact of any future flooding.

In addition, property level protection has been installed in the majority of properties at risk of internal sewer flooding. This protection will remain in place providing additional protection in the event that storms exceed our design.

Newcastle City Council can give you some advice about this type of protection if you wish to consider the additional security and want to fit it at your own cost.

How long will this work take?

Work started in October 2014 and the first phase of work was completed in November 2015.

We will be returning to complete the second phase of work in March 2016. This will involve the completion of the earthworks on the golf course, the diversion of the Ouseburn, the creation of the surface water storage channel and completion of flood defences. We expect to complete this final stage of work by Friday 15 July 2016.

How will work on the golf course affect residents?

A temporary bridge will need to be re-installed at the end of March 2016 at the bottom of Fairway Close to allow access to the golf course. Fairway Close and Princes Road will continue to be used as a haulage route for site traffic until completion. Following completion of the work, Fairway Close and Princes Road will be fully resurfaced.

Will vehicle access to my property be maintained during construction work?

With the exception of road resurfacing work, access to your property should be maintained at all times throughout the second phase of this work. Fairway Close and Princes Road will continue to be used as a haulage route for site traffic accessing the golf course and a maximum speed limit of 15mph will remain in place for the duration of the work for all construction traffic.

What will the working hours be?

As with the first phase of this project, typical working hours will be between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Thursday and between 8.00am and 4.00pm on Fridays. It may be necessary to work between 8.00am and 1.00pm on Saturdays. We will notify any directly affected customers in advance of any weekend working.

In addition, large site vehicles will not be allowed access between 8.00am and 8.45am to minimise disruption at this peak time.

What level of reinstatement will be provided?

The level of highway reinstatement has been agreed with Newcastle City Council and is in accordance with national standards. The majority of permanent reinstatement has already been carried out.

Fairway Close and Princes Road will be fully resurfaced once the second phase of work is complete in early summer 2016.

What is the extent of work on Lincoln Green?

The construction of the underground storage tank and above ground kiosk is complete and fully operational.

The temporary compound has been retained over the winter period and will be used for our phase two work which we expect to complete by summer 2016.

We plan to have the new play park on Lincoln Green ready for use at the end of July 2016. We will be working closely with Newcastle City Council on the design which will be discussed with local groups before the final plan is signed off. Once we complete the play park, the size of our temporary compound will be reduced to allow us to partially reinstate an area of Lincoln Green before opening up the new play park.

On completion of our works, Lincoln Green will be fully reinstated. In conjunction with the Parish Council, we are exploring the potential for additional tree planting within the green.

How do you propose to keep residents updated?

Our webpage will be updated regularly throughout the scheme and we will continue to send monthly updates to local key stakeholders. This includes the monthly update sent out to the Parish Council who will update their notice boards on a regular basis.

The site team is contactable during normal working hours at our temporary site office on Lincoln Green and will be happy to answer any questions about our planned work or site related issues.

In addition, our project manager will be on site every Monday morning and will be available at the site office between 11.00am and 12.00pm to help with any queries.

Alternatively, if you have any queries or need advice about the scheme, please call our customer centre on 0345 717 1100 so that we can help you as quickly as possible.

Brunton Park

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Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and Newcastle City Council are working together to reduce the risk of flooding in Brunton Park.

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