Local Flood Risk Management Strategy
Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, we have a responsibility as Lead Local Flood Authority to develop a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for Staffordshire.
The Act encourages collaborative working and Staffordshire County Council and Shropshire Council are working together to deliver their flood risk management responsibilities which include the production of our respective flood risk management strategies.
The Strategy covers local sources of flooding and is consistent with the Environment Agency’s National Flood Risk Management Strategy.
What our Local Flood Risk Management Strategy sets out
- Which organisations have responsibility for flood risk management in Staffordshire and Shropshire;
- Partnership arrangements to ensure co-ordination between responsible organisations;
- Actions for all organisations managing flood risk;
- How we prioritise where to take action so that the greatest benefits for those who flood can be realised;
- Where funding comes from;
- How we can enhance the environment
The Strategy also sets out what our policies are as the Lead Local Flood Authority for Staffordshire. This includes information on:
- When we will investigate flooding incidents;
- How we will collate data on flood risk assets;
- Where we will designate third party assets affecting flood risk;
- How we will respond to planning applications;
- How we will work with others to develop flood risk schemes;
- How we will preserve watercourses in their natural state;
- When we will take land drainage enforcement action;
- How we will seek to improve the environment
How we will monitor progress
The Strategy action plan will be monitored by the joint steering group and Project Board that we have with Shropshire Council. We will publish an annual statement which outlines where we have taken action in line with our priorities. The first monitoring statement will be published in 2017.
Assessing the impacts on the environment
Strategic Environmental Assessment
Under European legislation, we have have produced a Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) to ensure that we do not accidentally take actions that might damage the environment.
The SEA post-adoption statement in the table below outlines how monitoring of the potential environmental impacts will be undertaken.
Habitats Regulations Assessment
A Habitat Regulations Assessment (254 KB) has also been completed. It concluded that, with some minor changes to the Strategy, European designated sites are not likely to be significantly negatively affected by any plans or projects.
The recommended changes have now been made to the Strategy.
The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for Staffordshire consists of the following: