Last edited 27 Apr 2018

Flood risk management plans

On 10 October 2014, the government launched a consultation on the draft flood risk management plans for England.

Flood risk management plans (FRMPs) are required by December 2015 under the EU Floods Directive and they also meet one of the objectives of the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy.

The proposals draw on the experience of partners and earlier plans and set out how the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, local councils, drainage authorities, highway managers and water companies might:

  • Reduce the risk of flooding.
  • Help householders, businesses and communities take action to manage the risks of flooding.
  • Deal with the impacts of flooding when it does occur.
  • Promote a greater awareness and understanding of the risks of flooding.
  • Provide the evidence to support decision making.
  • Assess how proposed measures can contribute to improving the environment.
  • Assess how they support the objectives of River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs).

Draft flood risk management plans have been developed for the 10 river basin districts in England (the plan for the Solway Tweed river basin district only covers the English catchments). Draft flood risk management plans have been developed jointly with Natural Resources Wales for the Dee and Severn river basin districts.

The consultation was intended to help inform decisions about:

  • Where investment should be made and action taken.
  • How to work.
  • How fast action should be taken.
  • Who should pay.

The consultation closed on 31 January 2015. The consultation on the catchments of the Solway Tweed river basin district will run until 2 June 2015, to align with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s (SEPA) consultation on the Scottish catchments.

The first cycle of flood risk management plans, was published in December 2015.

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