As the lead local flood authority (LLFA) we must create and apply a local flood risk management strategy. This is as required in the Flood and Water Management Act (2010).
The Flood Risk Management Strategy sets out our actions to help manage flood risk in Derbyshire. It also gives the role of our partners (such as district/borough councils, water companies, parish/town councils).
The strategy aims to engage communities and partnerships. Helping people to prepare for floods is a key part of delivering the strategy as this helps communities to understand and manage flood risk.
The strategy makes us more informed and more able to help protect the communities in Derbyshire from the threat of local flooding.
The strategy is divided into two parts:
- Part one provides information about flooding and flood risk - it covers who to call, and how local people can help themselves to become more resilient to the impacts of flooding.
- Part two covers the more technical details of understanding flood risk in Derbyshire - it has an action plan about how we will manage future risks and get money to cover costs.
The two main documents have six local objectives, guidance notes, a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and a culvert policy.
There are six local objectives around our key actions for managing local flood risk for the people and businesses of Derbyshire. The timescales, priorities and status of each objective allows us to scrutinise our performance, and make the process transparent.
The actions in the six local objectives are also informed by estimated costs and possible ways of getting funding to achieve them.
There are 24 guidance notes which support the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS). These guidance notes are short and readable documents that deliver daily support as well as the LFRMS. This ensures that we meet the legal requirements of the Flood and Water Management Act (FWMA).
To make sure that the LFRMS helps towards achieving wider environmental aims (a legal requirement under the FWMA) we have made a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).
The SEA is legally required under the SEA Directive (2001) to find likely effects of the LFRMS and show how the LFRMS can help to achieve wider environmental targets.
A culvert policy has been created which gives our approach to applications to culvert ordinary watercourses. This policy is to be used by planning authorities, landowners and developers. It explains our role to support the Environment Agency to achieve the objectives of the Water Framework Directive (WFD, 2000).
The strategy is a draft until it is formally approved by our Cabinet Members which is likely to be in the late summer of 2015.
If you have any questions about the strategy please contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01629 538563.