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Cleadon Flood Alleviation Scheme

During heavy rainfall, surface water flows can severely damage properties and businesses.

The Cleadon Flood Alleviation Scheme will help to protect local residents and their properties from the damaging effects of surface water flooding.

Flood alleviation work has started and is expected to continue until November 2020.

For your own safety, please do not access the site during the works.

It is hoped that around 130 properties will be better protected after the works have been complete.

How is the work being carried out during the coronavirus pandemic?

We have been in contact with our contractor, design and project team and thought carefully about the works, and they will be following Government guidance on social distancing and keeping 2m apart.

Who is carrying out the work?

Civil Engineers BAM Nuttall and Designers Royal Haskoning DHV are carrying out the works for this scheme.

Will there be any traffic management during the construction phase?

Traffic management will be needed in specific areas during construction.

We will aim to work carefully to coordinate these works and will take other developments taking place within the local area into consideration to prevent a crossover.

How much is the scheme costing?

The scheme will cost approximately £1.2million and is part funded by the Environment Agency, the Department for Education and South Tyneside Council. 

Consultation plans and timescales

Construction work will be carried out across the below areas:

Suggested construction timescales for each location are shown below.

Please note, these are subject to change.

Cleadon Lea (traffic management needed)

In this location it is proposed to construct an embankment and storage area north of the Cleadon Lea estate to capture overland flows from the fields.

Access to the site will be from the top of Burdon Road.

Deliveries, off-site removal and contact with local residents about on-street parked cars will be needed.

We hope vehicle movements will be kept to a minimum by using site won material to avoid too much disruption to residents. Contractor staff will park at our main compound at Sunderland Football Academy to minimise disruption to local parking.

The public footpath behind Cleadon Lea, between Burdon Road and Boldon Lane will be closed at times during the works. Keep checking this page for updates on when the footpath will be closed.

What the area will look like after the scheme

At the consultation event in March we pointed out the potential for ponds. Recent site investigations have highlighted that these are not practical in this location.

The area will now be planted with wetland wildflowers, creating a valuable area for habitat which can be viewed by residents from a platform to the back of the public footpath behind Cleadon Lea.

On most occasions this area will have little or no water stored but during extreme events it will fill up and then be slowly released.    


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Sunderland Road area (traffic management needed)

Improvement works will be carried out to the drainage ditches on West Hall Farm.

Some new sections of drainage ditch will be created, and some improvements will be made to existing ditches to increase the capacity for surface water.

Access to this site will be through Cleadon Lane and the contractors will use the main compound at Sunderland Football Academy to minimise parked cars in the area.

What traffic management will be used?

  • Traffic lights will be used on Cleadon Lane next to West Hall Farmland during the first week of construction and for a further 4 weeks in July / August.
  • On Moor Lane, the section near the Sunderland Academy of Light car park, there will be a 2 week road closure and a further 4 weeks of traffic light management.

The exact dates will be confirmed soon. Please keep checking this page for further updates.

How will the area benefit from the scheme?

The scheme will reduce the amount of surface water that enters the drainage on Sunderland Road, freeing up space within the road's drainage system.

It will also divert and slow the flows that come across the fields to the back of Sunderland Road. 


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Unfortunately, not all areas in Cleadon will receive benefit and it is difficult to get funding where there are isolated properties at risk from surface water flooding.

The Environment Agency Flood Resilience Engagement Officer will be working with the community to share resilience messages and give advice on how you can help to protect yourself from surface water flooding.

You can access this advice and information by emailing


We are making good progress on the Cleadon flood alleviation works. The drone footage really highlights the extent of the works underway.

More information

If you have any questions about the Cleadon Flood Alleviation Scheme email

For more information and advice about flooding see Flood and Coastal Risk Management

To find out more about how you can protect yourself against the effects of flooding, and to sign up the Environment Agency flood alerts visit Environment Agency: Floods destroy

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