There are historical reports of flooding in the Brunton Park area for the last 100 years.
Flooding in September 2008 showed issues with the surface water (rainfall from roofs and roads) and foul (household waste) sewer networks and how these interact with the Ouseburn. Three separate sources can cause flooding in this area, these include the foul sewer network, surface water sewers and the Ouseburn.
Several studies were carried out by Northumbrian Water and the Environment Agency to identify the best solution to reduce flooding in this area. The preferred option which is now substantially complete involved the creation of a new river channel to divert the flow from the Ouseburn further west into the golf course as well as constructing local flood defences upstream and downstream of the diversion. This option allows for the creation of a storage channel in the area of the existing river which will store excess surface water from Brunton Park in periods of heavy rainfall. In addition, two kilometres of new surface water and foul sewers and a new underground foul storage tank have been installed within Brunton Park to reduce the risk of flooding in this area.
With the first phase of work now complete, the Brunton Park estate now has increased capacity within the surface water and foul systems.
The second phase of work, which will start at the end of March 2016, 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. A plan of the flood defence embankment and channel diversion can be found here.