Flood management and drainage—lead local flood authority
Flood management and drainage—lead local flood authority

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Flood management and drainage—lead local flood authority
  • Brexit impact
  • Flood and Water Management Act 2010
  • Creation of LLFAs
  • Local flood risk management strategies
  • Co-operation and arrangements
  • Power to request information and civil sanctions
  • Duty to investigate
  • Duty to maintain register
  • Sustainable development
  • More...

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Flood and Water Management Act 2010

The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (FWMA 2010) was enacted to provide:

  1. more comprehensive management of flood risk for homes and businesses

  2. safeguards against rises in surface water drainage charges

  3. protection to water supplies for consumers

See Practice Notes: Flood management and drainage—responsible bodies and Flood and Water Management Act 2010—snapshot.

FWMA 2010 came into force in accordance with a number of orders made by the Secretary of State and Welsh Ministers, which relate to specific aspects of the Act.

FWMA 2010 gives the various bodies responsible for flood management powers to fulfil their obligations. This Practice Note focuses on the flood risk management powers for Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs).

For more information on who is responsible for flood management see Practice Note: Flood management and drainage—responsible bodies

For more information on FWMA 2010 see Practice Note: Flood and Water Management Act 2010—snapshot.

Creation of LLFAs

The 2007 Pitt Review on flooding stated that ‘the role of local

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