Draft Flood Risk Management Plans

Closed 21 Jan 2022

Opened 22 Oct 2021

Overview

We have worked together with Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) and other Risk Management Authorities (RMAs) to produce draft Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) for public consultation.

We ran a public consultation on the draft FRMPs from 22 October 2021 to 21 January 2022. We are now reviewing the comments and will be publishing a summary of responses in spring 2022.

FRMPs are strategic plans that set out how to manage flood risk in nationally identified flood risk areas (FRAs) for the period 2021-2027, and are statutory plans required by the Flood Risk Regulations 2009.

There are 10 draft FRMPs, one for each river basin district.

Map showing the 10 River Basin Districts in England

A strategic environmental assessment (SEA) was undertaken for each FRMP to ensure that environmental effects were considered during the development of the plans. We are also consulting on the 10 SEA reports and their non-technical summaries. The reports set out the findings of the SEA.

There are a number of new features for FRMPs 2021 to 2027:

  • Strategic. They are strategic and focus on areas where the risk of flooding has been identified as nationally significant. These areas are FRAs, where there is the potential for significant risk or impacts should major flooding occur from surface water, main rivers and the sea. We continue to work with other RMAs to manage flood risk outside of FRAs for other communities.
  • Accessible. They aim to be more accessible and easier to use for our stakeholders and the public than the 2015-2021 FRMPs, with greater use of online mapping.
  • Flood plan explorer. The measures will be displayed on an online map-based tool called flood plan explorer. This will show what flood risk management measures are proposed at a national and local scale and how they are progressing. 
  • National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England. They aim to support and contribute to the delivery of the ambitions in the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England (FCERM Strategy), such as nature-based solutions, and longer term adaptive approaches for taking action at the right time.

Why your views matter

Flood risk management plans will help to contribute to creating a better place for people and wildlife. There are over 5.2 million homes and businesses in England at risk of flooding and coastal erosion.

With a rapidly changing climate, the need to plan together to improve the overall resilience of our local places is more important than ever before. The more we plan together and deliver in partnership, the more we can deliver together for local people, places and our environment.

The plans will also help to inform and drive existing programmes of work, such as the Programme of flood and coastal erosion risk management schemes, and work with local communities to improve resilience.

The plans will explore wider resilience measures like nature-based solutions for flood and water, and to set out longer term adaptive approaches for taking action at the right time.

They will also help us implement the ambitions of the government’s 25 year environment plan and flood and coastal erosion risk management policy statement (2020).

Draft river basin management plans

River basin management plans (RBMPs) will summarise the billions of pounds that will be invested in the water environment to 2027.

We have co-ordinated the preparation of the draft RBMPs with draft FRMPs to encourage better join-up in the management of flood risk and the water environment.

A public consultation on the draft RBMPs is running for 6 months from 22 October 2021 to 22 April 2022. The RBMPs consultation can be found on the Environment Agency’s online consultation hub. 

What happens next

Thank you for your responses to the draft Flood Risk Management Plans consultation.

We are now reviewing the comments and will be publishing a summary of responses in spring 2022.

Audiences

  • Businesses
  • Charities
  • Statutory organisations
  • NGOs
  • Members of the public
  • Local councils
  • All water abstractors
  • Environment Agency customers
  • IDBs
  • Local authorities
  • District and parish councils
  • Environmental bodies
  • Land owners
  • Farming associations
  • Drainage associations
  • RFCCs
  • Water companies
  • Members of the public
  • Recreational and commercial river users
  • Community groups
  • Flood action groups
  • Members of the public
  • Community groups
  • Non-governmental organisations with an interest in environmental issues
  • Environment Agency colleagues
  • Lead Local Flood Authorities
  • Local Risk Management Authorities
  • Flood Resilience Forums
  • Somerset Rivers Authority
  • Members of the public
  • Town and parish councils
  • Regional Flood and Coastal Committees
  • Internal Drainage Boards
  • Engagement specialists/operational staff in Natural Resources Wales, local authorities and other risk management authorities

Interests

  • Business and industry
  • Flood management
  • Coastal management
  • Water resources
  • Habitats and wildlife