A popular path for walkers and cyclists will be relocated as part of a major flood defence project for Leeds city centre.
Leeds council’s city plans panel will meet today to discuss the latest proposals for its wide-ranging Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS).
Among the new elements being considered is a plan to relocate the Leeds part of the Transpennine Trail (TPT), either to the left or right bank. The proposals have led to a flurry of concerned comment from interested groups like Aire Action Leeds.
A number of listed buildings along the River Aire at Holbeck will also undergo amendments as part of the plans.
A report to be presented to the plans panel today says: “The relocation of the TPT has probably generated the greatest level of interest and comment regarding the proposals. The FAS team is continuing to explore the possibilities to ensure the best solution can be achieved.”
The report adds that as part of the new elements, flood defences will be incorporated into existing buildings at various points along the River Aire from Water Lane in Holbeck to Woodlesford.
The plans also include the removal of a 600m section of Knostrop Cut to merge the canal and River Aire. The report adds that anglers “will not be adversely affected”.
The city narrowly avoided major flooding three times in the past six years. Estimates have suggested that round 3,000 homes and 500 businesses are within the flood plain of the River Aire, and any major flood could cause £400m of damage.
Among those commenting on the latest details of the scheme are Leeds Civic Trust, who “strongly support the overall principle” according to the report, but have asked for clarity regarding the location of the transpennine trail and other details.