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Project aims to tackle brook flooding

A new project aims to develop plans to reduce flood risk from Whitchurch Brook.

The Greener Whitchurch project covers the part of the brook from Caedelyn Park in Rhiwbina through Whitchurch to its outfall at the River Taff at Lydstep Park, Gabalfa.

Flooding has affected residents and businesses in this area more than ten times since 1990.

The project will explore solutions including green infrastructure – a network of green spaces, to reduce surface water run-off and manage local drainage network capacity issues, while enhancing public spaces.

It’s part of Cardiff Council’s overarching strategy to ensure the city is ‘stronger, fairer and greener’.

With funding from Welsh Government, the council has appointed Arup, a leading sustainable development consultancy, to finalise the options, develop the detailed design and secure planning permission.

Councillor Caro Wild, Cardiff Council’s cabinet member for climate change said: “Residents in Whitchurch have been affected by flooding and it is likely to get worse as a result of climate change. We need well-designed sustainable urban drainage to improve this community’s resilience to these extreme weather events.

“Building on the success of Greener Grangetown, Greener Whitchurch aims to deliver a range of water sensitive urban design solutions to reduce surface water run-off and manage the amount of water in the local drainage network.

“We are also exploring wider community benefits including sustainable transport, public realm improvements and biodiversity enhancements.

“We are keen to collaborate with key stakeholders and the local community to help shape the detailed design.”

If you live or work in the area, you can contact the project team on or 029 2002 4924 to share your experiences and photos of flooding from Whitchurch Brook by Tuesday 25 July.

The team is planning several opportunities for the local community to comment as the proposals are developed throughout the year. 

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