Local authorities under pressure to get flood risk management right

Local authorities under pressure to get flood risk management right

Lead local flood authorities (LLFA) play an important role in managing local flood risks from surface run off, groundwater and ordinary watercourses (ie not main rivers) for their areas. This role came from findings in the 2007 Pitt Review, which called for greater powers to local authorities when managing local flood risks.  Unitary authorities and county councils in England, and county councils and county borough councils in Wales, are the LLFA, under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

One of their principal roles is to create a local flood risk management strategy for their area and ensure that this is consistent with the national flood and coastal erosion risk management strategies for England and Wales (depending on the LLFA’ location). This local strategy is crucial in setting out what the local flood risks are, how they will be dealt with and resourced, what any wider environmental impl

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Simone is an environmental law specialist and is head of LexisPSL Environment.

Simone moved to LexisNexis from Clyde & Co where she trained. Whilst at Clyde & Co Simone gained experience in contentious work, including large scale arbitrations, private claims and regulatory breaches, and a variety of non-contentious issues. Some of her experience includes the EU Emissions Trading System, the domestic Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, environmental due diligence, Energy Performance Certificates, permitting requirements and contaminated land.

Simone has written a number of articles, which have been published in various journals and is a trustee of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA).