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Case studies and lessons Learned in taking a strategic approach to local flood risk management investment - FD2656

Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs), together with their partners, are critical in the delivery of flood risk management solutions for all sources of risk. the necessary search for local funding sources and using LLFAs democratic processes will ensure fluvial and coastal schemes are constructed at lower cost to the tax payer but also that marginal surface water schemes are funded. The essential step in setting out the strategic options for local investment in flood risk management will bring together the appetite for reducing the risk with the need to raise an appropriate contribution from those benefiting directly and also from those who have a stake in the local economy. The desired policy shift to local communities having bigger say in what is done to reduce risk rquires a shift from central control and provision of funds towards local determination. But this is against a backdrop of limited resources and low economic activity and success will require the application of new skills by bodies best placed to close the democratic deficit and will be articulated in this research.
This research will become a fundamental touchstone for LLFAs in planning the delivery of their new services in local flood management. The majority of the aims and objectives should reflect this need.

1. Establish capacity, capacity and understanding of investment planning in FCERM within LLFAs, so that such planning becomes embedded in the local flood risk strategies.

2. Demonstrate how local stratdies must consider flood risk from all sources and how the funding of local schemes will be reliant on working with other RMAs, RECCs and integrating a wide range of funding approaches and programmes measures.

3. Demonstrate how funding at national and local levels can be adjusted to reflect real and perceived appetites for risk, and whether this risk can be traded in monetary terms

4. Test, via well chosen case studies, to ensure the new partnership approaches are manageable and lead to the leverage of additional funds, permitting more and better flood risk management schemes in future.

5. To identify any unintended consequences (eg challenges to planning policy on flood risk) and that the promotion of flood mitigation schemes is made more efficient in delivery times and resources.

Most of these objectives are interrelated and will delivered through a template investment plan and case study write ups. The success of the project will be measured i the quality of the LLFA local strategies due out for consultation between April and December 2012. It is suggested that an anonymous benchmarking exercise could be completed at the start and end of the poject to test the positive project impact with the LLFAs involved.

Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : 12-12-17FD2656 InvPlanNorthYorks case study final report   (1040k)
• FRP - Final Report : FD2656 - Cornwall Case Study final report   (905k)
• FRP - Final Report : FD2656 - Lessons Learned Report Final   (1413k)
• FRP - Final Report : FD2656 - Northants Case Study final report   (926k)
• IR - Interim Report : Case studies and lessons Learned in taking a strategic approach to local flood risk management investment   (1296k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2011

To: 2012

Cost: £63,896
Contractor / Funded Organisations
J B A Consulting
Flood Management              
Fields of Study
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management