Consultation into River Thames Scheme plans reaches final week

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A public consultation asking for views on new plans which respond to the challenges of flooding and creating more access to open green spaces and sustainable travel routes has entered its final week.

The River Thames Scheme launched a consultation for feedback on plans which include a new flood channel which will reduce the risk of flooding to homes, businesses, and infrastructure, while also providing habitat for wildlife and a new feature in the landscape for recreation. The consultation closes on 20 December.    

River Thames Scheme project director Jeanne Capey said: 

“There’s just one week to go of this consultation and I urge anyone interested in the scheme to visit our website to find out more about the proposals and share their thoughts with us. Peoples’ feedback on our proposals will help us develop plans and deliver improvements which benefit the local community and the environment.” 

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Community Resilience, Kevin Deanus said:

“I would encourage people to get involved and feedback their thoughts on these exciting proposals. This is a real opportunity for people to shape the future of green spaces in their local community.”

Full details of the consultation and how to get involved please visit the website at or call the Environment Agency National Customer Contact Centre on: 03708 506 506.


Notes to editors

  • For more information, high-res images and interviews please contact Ellie Rogers at   
  • The River Thames Scheme is being delivered in partnership between the Environment Agency and Surrey County Council.   
  • The scheme’s wider partners are Elmbridge Borough Council, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Runnymede Borough Council, Spelthorne Borough Council, Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, Thames Water, Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership. 
  • The River Thames Scheme is an integrated scheme which responds to the challenges of flooding, creating more access to green open spaces and sustainable travel, in addition to encouraging inclusive economic growth, increasing biodiversity and responding to the dual challenges of climate change and nature recovery.       
  • The project aims to deliver many benefits for local communities and businesses. The new flood channel will reduce the risk of flooding to homes, businesses, and infrastructure, while also providing habitat for wildlife and a new feature in the landscape for recreation. 
  • The River Thames Scheme will include:  
  • a new river channel built in two sections – one section through Runnymede (between Egham Hythe and Chertsey) and one through Spelthorne (between Littleton North lake and the Desborough Cut)      
  • capacity increases around the Desborough Cut and at the weirs at Sunbury, Molesey and Teddington      
  • improved access to quality green open space and connections with wildlife, in addition to supporting a more sustainable travel network      
  • a network of high-quality habitat to achieve a biodiversity net gain    
  • The River Thames Scheme will reduce flood risk to people living and working near the Thames, enhance the resilience of nationally important infrastructure, contribute to a vibrant local economy and maximise the social and environmental value of the river. 
  • There have been serious floods in this area over the past 100 years, namely in 1947, 1968, 2003 and most recently between 2013/2014. 
  • The new flood channel will reduce flood risk to over 11,000 properties and 1,600 businesses in Hythe End, Egham, Staines, Chertsey, Shepperton, Weybridge, Sunbury, Molesey, Thames Ditton, Kingston and Teddington. 
  • There will be increased capacity of the Desborough Cut and weirs at Sunbury, Molesey and Teddington by installing additional weir gates. 
  • Detailed planning and design are under way. The large scale of the project means the government has directed that it be treated as a project of national Significance. This requires a type of consent known as  a ‘development consent order’ (DCO). A DCO removes the need to obtain several separate consents, including planning permission and is designed to be a quicker process than applying for these separately.  


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