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Developing Flood Risk Management Plans

Why do we need Flood Risk Management Plans?

The impact of flooding on homes, businesses and affected communities is clear, but flooding can have a much wider indirect effect. We want to help reduce these direct and indirect impacts and encourage communities to be actively involved in planning for floods.

Flood Risk Management Plans identify risks associated with flooding and set out ways in which Risk Management Authorities and communities can work together to reduce the impact of flooding. 

Who is responsible for producing Flood Risk Management Plans?

Risk Management Authorities already carry out flood risk management planning but new legislation has formalised the requirement.

By law, Natural Resources Wales must produce Flood Risk Management Plans for the whole of Wales every six years starting from 2015. These plans cover flooding from main rivers, the sea and reservoirs.

Surface water Flood Risk Management Plans

The same law states that Lead Local Flood Authorities must also produce Flood Risk Management Plans every six years to cover surface water flooding in the eight Flood Risk Areas in Wales. These Areas are identified in the preliminary Flood Risk Assessment.

Guidance for producing Flood Risk Management Plans

Guidance on producing and preparing Flood Risk Management Plans can be found on the Gov.uk website.

Developing Flood Risk Management Plans

The Flood Risk Management Plan scoping reports below identify the Flood Risk Management Plans to be produced, by whom and by when in Wales. They also define the scope of the Strategic Environmental Assessment for the draft and final Flood Risk Management Plans.

The draft Flood Risk Management Plans were consulted on from 10th October 2014 until 31st January 2015. The draft Flood Risk Management Plans and the consultation summary response document that summarises the comments received and what we have done to address them can be found via the links below.

The Flood Risk Management Plan scoping reports and draft plans allowed us to shape and refine the final Flood Risk Management Plan documents. 

Where can I find Flood Risk Management Plans for my area?

The final Flood Risk Management Plans for the Western Wales, Severn and Dee River Basin Districts have now been published and can be accessed via the link below.

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