Property Flood Resilience (PFR) scheme

Property Flood Resilience Recovery Support Scheme [2019]

Following the November floods, the Government announced that flood-hit homes and businesses will be able to receive up to £5,000 to help protect them from future flooding. The purpose of the scheme is to assist property owners to improve the flood resilience of their individual properties when they repair them after a flood. The outcome from this funding should be that if flooding were to reoccur, damage levels would be considerably lower and householders and businesses could return to their properties much more quickly.

Eligibility

The Government have set out the following Eligibility Criteria:

  • Residential properties (including accommodation such as static caravans where this is the primary residence, defined as a location registered on electoral role) where habitable internal areas of the premise have been damaged by flooding by the relevant event.
  • Business (including social enterprise) and charitable organisation properties where internal areas of the premise which are critical to the day to day operations (i.e. not storage sheds or warehouses) have been damaged.
  • Properties must have been severely damaged by a flood event between 08 November and 18 November 2019. The inside of the property must have been flooded and there must have been damage to the fabric of the building, necessitating repair.
  • The grant is only available to people where the habitable living or business areas of their properties have been damaged by entry of floodwater, necessitating drying out and/or repairs to the fabric of the building.
  • Garages, outhouses and storage areas are not eligible for the scheme.
  • Second homes are not eligible.
  • Empty homes are not eligible.
  • Basements or cellars not used as part of the habitable or business area of a property are not eligible for the scheme.

Flood Resilience - Area Schemes

In some areas, it will be more effective to provide a scheme that covers all properties, so that works carried out provide protection for the area. For example, in terraced properties, if a household carries out flood resilience work and their neighbour does not, it could undermine the effectiveness of the works undertaken. Bassetlaw District Council is in the process of procuring an independent flood resilience surveyor to review properties in the following areas to establish how the funding can be used to make properties more resilient. The Government Guidance states that the survey costs can be deducted from the £5,000 PFR 2019 grant (up to a maximum of £500) so by procuring a surveyor to work across properties we hope to reduce this cost.

Worksop: Central Avenue, King Street, Hardy Street, Allen Street 

Terraced or Semidetached Properties

We recommend that residents and businesses in Terraced or Semidetached Properties consult with their neighbours about proposed flood resilience measures. If a household or business carries out flood resilience works and their neighbour does not, it could undermine the effectiveness of the works undertaken.  Residents and businesses can use the services of the Council procured surveyor, or they can engage their own surveyor. This work can be funded as part of the £5,000 PFR 2019 grant (up to a maximum of £500). We envisage that by procuring a surveyor to work across multiple properties we are able to reduce this cost.

Individual Properties

Residents and businesses in other areas have a number of options available. They can use the services of the Council procured surveyor, or they can engage their own surveyor. This work can be funded as part of the £5,000 PFR 2019 grant (up to a maximum of £500). We envisage that by procuring a surveyor to work across multiple properties we are able to reduce this cost.

Application Process

Application form. Please return completed forms to: Property Flood Resilience Fund Processing - Bassetlaw Bassetlaw District Council Queen’s Buildings, Potter Street Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 2AH

Please note, funding is only available to the property owner. Grant funding will only be awarded once the work has been completed to appropriate quality standards. The final cost invoiced by the contractor should not exceed the quoted price. The funding will be awarded to the successful applicant who will then make arrangements for payment to the external contractors carrying out the PFR work. Alternatively applicants can request that the Council releases funding directly to the  contractor(s) for the Property Flood Resilience work.


Last Updated on Friday, January 24, 2020