After the flooding of 2016 the Environmental Agency, Birmingham City Council,  together with Calthorpe Estates took on the task of constructing a flood alleviation scheme to reduce the flood risk to more than 100 homes in the Selly Park North area. In June 2019 the neighbourhood received confirmation from the Environmental Agency that they had completed the task

The flood relief scheme consists of

Conversion of the decommissioned Harborne reservoir situated along the Bournbrook walkway west of Harborne Lane into an embanked area to store water during storm events

New flood relief channel and tunnel through the Pebble Mill area and under Pershore Road to the River Rea to take flood flows during storm events

Alterations to the river channel to improve flow and environmental diversity

Re-alignment and resurfacing of previous access routes

The Environmental Agency have issued documentation stating that they are currently updating their flood classification information following completion of the new flood defence scheme which will reclassify the flood risk to the general area to:

“Low – The chance of flooding is less than 1% (1 in 100) but greater than or equal to 0.1% (1 in 1000) in any given year”

Full details are contained in the Environmental Agency documentation below. Hard copy of the documentation can be obtained by emailing enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk