Newhaven Flood Alleviation Scheme

The Environment Agency, in partnership with Lewes District Council, is developing a scheme to reduce flood risk from the sea and the river along the Ouse valley. The scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to 437 homes and 392 businesses in and around Newhaven.

Some areas of Newhaven currently have a 1-in-10 chance of flooding in any given year. The Newhaven flood alleviation scheme will be designed to provide at least a 1-in-100-year standard of protection, taking into account the effects of climate change. This will mean that in any one year, there will be a 1% chance that Newhaven will experience flooding from the sea or River Ouse.

The scheme will also protect local infrastructure such as the road network, railway tracks and train station. It will also support the wider regeneration of Newhaven, helping to bring new investment, jobs and homes to the area. The scheme covers both banks of Newhaven, including the commercial areas near the port. Construction of the scheme is planned to start in early 2016 and is scheduled to be complete by 2019.

To find out more and view the Policy paper in connection with the alleviation scheme, follow the link below: