Buckskin flood alleviation scheme

Development of solutions to reduce flooding in the Buckskin area

Latest updates

Phase 1 contract of the scheme was successfully completed in April 2019 and is now in its 12 month maintenance period. A substantial amount of investigatory work has already been undertaken to improve the design to reduce construction costs and delays during Phase 2. Nevertheless, during construction, difficult ground conditions and utilities remain a risk.

Phase 2 is projected to start in the autumn 2019 and be completed by the spring 2020. The subway element of the scheme is also due to be constructed in the autumn.

Scheme background

In the winter of 2013 to 2014 Buckskin and the surrounding area was badly affected by flooding. A multi-agency group has been working together with local residents to understand the cause of the flooding and develop solutions.

The Buckskin multi-agency group is made up of:

  • Hampshire County Council
  • Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
  • Environment Agency
  • Thames Water Utilities Limited
  • Sovereign Housing Association
  • South East Water Limited

In June 2017, the multi-agency group committed to work together to promote and develop the agreed scheme.

Scheme design

The proposed scheme is being taken forward in two phases.

Phase 1 comprises improvements of ditches and upgrades to culverts along Churchill Way West and Worting road, and improvements of ditches in Saunders Field to improve drainage of floodwater between Buckskin and the start of the River Loddon.

Phase 2 comprises the installation of new lateral pipes to collect rising groundwater from between houses in the Buckskin area, and to direct floodwater to a new drainage pipe between the Ridgeway Centre and ditches to the north of Worting Road roundabout.

Proposed scheme design at detailed design stage

Indicative programme

Proposed programme subject to consents and permits

Milestone Timescale
Phase 1 Contract Award August 2018
Phase 1 Construction starts September 2018
Phase 1 Construction ends Spring 2019
Subway Pipe Construction starts Autumn 2019
Subway Pipe Construction ends Autumn 2019
Phase 2 Contract Award Summer 2019
Phase 2 Construction starts Autumn 2019
Phase 2 Construction ends Spring 2020
Project approval

A project appraisal of the scheme was approved by Councillor Humby Executive Member of Environment and Transport on 24 April 2018. The report provides an overview of the scheme, estimated scheme costs of around £6m and available funding from central government, the Thames Regional and coastal Committee and the multi-agency partners.


A questionnaire for residents and businesses was delivered to over 500 properties in the affected area. Thank you for responding to the questionnaire if you have already done so. Due to a low response rate, the questionnaire has been reopened until the 30 of November 2017. Copies of the questionnaire are also available at the Ridgeway Centre, Buckskin.

If you haven’t  already responded to the questionnaire, please help us to understand:

  • Where groundwater came up
  • Where water was pumped from
  • What access requirements residents and businesses have

The questionnaire can be completed online:

Resident and business online questionnaire

The questionnaire will remain open until Autumn 2018.
Initial flood investigation

Buckskin flood investigation 2014


Write to us at:

Buckskin Flood Alleviation Team
Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Elizabeth II Court West
The Castle
SO23 8UD