A REVISED bid is being made to bolster environmental defences in flood-hit Radcliffe.

Five out of the six components of a proposed flood defence system for Radcliffe and Redvales were given planning permission by borough councillors earlier this year.

But one portion of the overall Environment Agency scheme, relating to land west of the Metrolink line at Warth Road, faced concerns over the fact it was close to a high-pressure gas pipeline which serves 40,000 homes.

Now engineers Mott MacDonald has submitted fresh proposals to the council which they say have the support of gas infrastructure giant Cadent.

Joe Holden, graduate town planner, on behalf of the engineers, has told planners a meeting had since been held with Cadent to overcome their objections.

Proposals have been altered to realign the disputed section so it will reduce the loading on the gas mains in question.

And another measure, modifying an existing earth embankment, is designed to address protests from the nearby operator Hydropower.

An additional access ramp has also been suggested to enable agency officials at local anglers to move about the area more easily.

Mr Holden added: "It is hoped that, in light of these amendments, this application can now be processed and approved."