Draft Flood Risk Management Plans

Closed 21 Jan 2022

Opened 22 Oct 2021

Feedback updated 18 May 2022

We asked

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.  

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. 

This consultation ran from 11am on 22 October 2021 to 11:45pm on 21 January 2022.  

On 18 May 2022 we published a summary of responses.

You said

We received 255 responses in total. The main themes you raised were:

  • Partnerships – the value of working in partnership to plan and deliver flood risk management solutions.
  • Engagement – the value of engagement and working in partnership with all organisations and government departments.
  • Nature-based solutions – support for the implementation of nature-based solutions, including natural flood management techniques, so more biodiversity and environmental benefits can be delivered across the flood and water environment.
  • Catchment-based approach – support for and a greater emphasis on this for flood risk management.
  • Alignment - the need to align with other plans and strategies so delivery is effective, for example, local nature recovery strategies, and shoreline management plans.
  • Land management – the need to consider all land uses, when assessing and managing flood risk, including the benefits of agricultural land.
  • Climate change and adaptation – the importance of working together across all organisations to adapt and having better information on factors such as the carbon footprint of the measures.
  • Funding – the need to identify funding and resources for the timely delivery of measures.
  • Readability – the ability to find information in the plans and within flood plan explorer.

We did

Responses received will now be analysed further to identify actions to take as result of the consultation and implement any changes needed in the FRMPs and to the associated Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

We are also producing the Habitats Regulations Assessment and the SEA Statement of Environmental Particulars. We will publish the final FRMPs and accompanying materials in the autumn of 2022.

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.

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.

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.

We ran a public consultation on the draft FRMPs from 22 October 2021 to 21 January 2022, and have now produced a summary of responses.

Although the FRMP consultation has now closed, the associated documents can all be viewed for reference and information at the end of this page. These are:

  • The draft FRMP national overview of flood risk management in England (Part A)
  • The 10 draft FRMPs for each river basin district (Part B)
  • The associated draft strategic environmental assessments (SEAs)
  • The draft SEA non-technical summaries

The location of the 10 draft FRMPs, one for each river basin district, can be seen on the map below.

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.

A 6-month public consultation on the draft RBMPs ran from 22 October 2021 to 22 April 2022 to co-ordinate with the 3 month consultation on draft FRMPs. 

A summary of the RBMP responses has now been published.

What happens next

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

We have now published a summary of the consultation responses, following a review and analysis by the Environment Agency. It doesn’t include all responses but gives a broad representation of the ones received.

We will continue to analyse responses further to identify actions to take as a result of the consultation. We will implement any changes needed in the FRMPs and to the associated Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEAs). We are also producing the Habitats Regulations Assessment and the SEA Statement of Environmental Particulars.

We will publish the final FRMPs and accompanying materials in the autumn of 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