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Review of Local Approaches to Managing Surface Water Flood Risk - FD2707

Description
This is a Defra research project to review local approaches to managing surface water flood risk.
Around 3.2 million homes in England are at risk from surface water flooding and with a growing population, urbanisation and climate change, these risks are increasing.

The National Flood Resilience Review said that the Government would consider issues related to surface water in 2017. Earlier this year the Inter-ministerial Group on Flooding agreed to a project which will focus on strengthening the implementation of the current framework and, where essential, renewing and reforming it with low cost options. In July 2017 Minister Coffey agreed that project should have 5 areas of work:

1 Establish a shared view of surface water flooding outcomes
2 Better coordinate existing arrangements, clarify responsibilities and improve outcomes
3 Assess and improve capability and capacity to deliver surface water management
4 Improve accuracy and sharing of surface water data for better surface water management
5 Develop and improve surface water flooding forecasting to improve warning systems

The research will provide independent evidence about how the current arrangements are working in practice to feed into the cross-Whitehall review.

The project will examine how surface water flood risk is managed by Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs), Water & Sewerage Companies (WaSCs) and Highways Agencies (HAs) by carrying out a review in a sample of key towns and cities. This will enable an assessment to be made in selected local areas of:

• Their aims and objectives, especially what flood risk scenarios they are working to and what drainage standards/levels of protection they aim to deliver

• Working practices relating to surface water flood risk management

• Data gathering and sharing across organisations relating to surface water flood risk management
Objective
The objectives were to provide independent evidence about local management of surface water flood risk to feed into the cross-Whitehall project, specifically areas one, two and four listed below.

- Better coordinate existing arrangements, clarify responsibilities and improve outcomes

- Improve accuracy and sharing of surface water data for better surface water management.

The review addressed questions under the following themes:

1. Surface water flood risk management aims and objectives, especially what flood risk scenarios are identified and the aspiration for drainage standards/levels of protection;

2. Working practices relating to surface water flood risk management;

3. Data gathering and sharing across organisations relating to surface water flood risk management; and

4. Effectiveness of local arrangements for managing surface water flood risk.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Review of local approaches to surface water flood risk management - final report July 2017   (772k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2017

To: 2018

Cost: £29,740
Contractor / Funded Organisations
CAG Consultants
Keywords
Flood Management              
Fields of Study
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management