How much is the Scheme estimated to cost?
Indicative costs were prepared during the option appraisal stage.
Delivery of the Core Scheme (construction and maintenance) is estimated to cost between £4.5 and £5.1million
Delivery of the Additional Scheme (construction and maintenance) is estimated to cost an additional £1m
The estimates of cost may go up or down, but it is important to have the funding secured and profiled at the right time to bring certainty to the scheme and gain buy in from all funding partners.
The next phase of detailed design will aim to increase the cost certainty on the whole life costs. An independent cost consultant will be engaged for the review of construction costs and detailed cost estimation for scheme construction, maintenance and operation.
What is the funding gap?
Great progress has been made in securing commitments and allocations millions of pounds of public funding to this scheme, however a funding gap of £600-900,000 remains for the core scheme.
* “Allocated funding” indicates that there has been an allocation made to contribute. Claims on these funds are subject to application conditions
Which funding sources are being explored?
A significant proportion of secured funding has been committed from the Havant Borough Council Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). This is provided to reduce the risk from flooding to the A3023 and to local properties and businesses.
The Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee has also allocated Local Levy towards the scheme.
Other sources of funding from Hampshire County Council and Other Government Department Fund have also been explored.
The local residents and businesses that will benefit from the reduced flood risk provided by the scheme, will also be invited to contribute towards the scheme. Contributions can take a variety of forms including the traditional financial support, or through contributions in kind. Engagement throughout detailed design will provide further opportunity for discussion in relation to contributions from the Langstone community.
The Government’s mechanism for funding ﬂood and coastal erosion risk management schemes is called Partnership Funding. Defra (Department for Fisheries and Rural Affairs) prioritise the allocation of Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) funding based on the number of homes protected, which in Langstone’s case is relatively small compared to some of the national schemes or even local schemes in Portsmouth where there are thousands of homes at risk. Because of that, the Langstone scheme is unable to attract large amounts of central government funding, and further still, there is a requirement to secure other pots of contributions to the scheme.
Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA)
In order to secure Environment Agency Flood Defence Grant in Aid funding, a business case is being prepared and submitted. The business case should explain why the project deserves investment and provide evidence to support the decisions that led to the final conclusions and recommendations for the scheme.
It will set out how the project is technically, environmentally and economically feasible.
Economic feasibility is crucial, as without contributions and funding secured, it will not be possible to secure FDGiA funding.
The Additional Scheme
The core scheme does not include construction works for capital refurbishment of private defences at Mill Lane or to the Langstone Spit.
The project team are working closely with the Sailing Club, landowners and residents in the hope that private funding contributions can be made to enable construction of these additional sections to be synchronised with the public works.
To support the landowners, residents and the Sailing Club, HBC will contribute CIL to be able to complete the detailed design for the Additional Scheme through detailed design, providing it with the best opportunity to be carried out with the core scheme or to provide a completed design to the asset owners for future work.
Defra has overall national responsibility for policy on flood and coastal erosion risk management and provides funding for flood risk management authorities through grants to the Environment Agency and local authorities.
The Environment Agency is responsible for taking a strategic overview of the management of all sources of flooding and coastal erosion. The Agency also has operational responsibility for managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea, as well as being a coastal erosion risk management authority.
Local Authorities, including Havant Borough Council, as risk management authorities are not legally required to do anything to protect against flooding and erosion, however they have permissive powers to carry out works where there is a wider public benefit, clear economic benefit and an achievable solution.
Private Landowners have ultimate responsibility for protecting their own property from flooding and erosion but must act within statutory planning regulations and other applicable legislation.