North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Draft Business Plan 2019 to 2022

Closed 8 Feb 2019

Opened 7 Dec 2018

Feedback updated 1 Oct 2019

We asked

The consultation on the draft North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Business Plan 2019 – 2022 took place from 7th December 2018 to 8th February 2019.

The consultation provided the opportunity for the public, professional bodies, stakeholders, and current and potential partners to provide feedback to help shape the final Business Plan to be published in Summer 2019.

You said

The results of the public consultation indicated there was overwhelming support for the North West RFCC and the proposals laid out in the Business Plan. 

Consultation responses are available on the Floodhub and by clicking here.

We did

We reviewed the responses to the consultation and used these to shape the final Business Plan, which was reworked to take account of the responses received as far as is felt appropriate and feasible. Below is a summary of enhancements:

  • We made the Business Plan shorter and more concise, moving some of the detail, particularly that which will change over time, to the Flood Hub website
  • We considered whether a 3-year timeframe was still appropriate and clarified how this relates to longer term goals
  • We simplified the presentation of our aims (mission statement, themes, goals, objectives, broad actions etc.)
  • We increased the emphasis on coastal flood risk and erosion management throughout the Plan
  • We referenced development of the Flood Hub

The Business Plan was formally approved by the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee at the meeting on 19th July 2019. The final plan is now available on the Floodhub, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Results updated 9 Oct 2019

This consultation closed on 8th February 2019, the responses received were used to shape the final Business Plan, which was reworked as far as it was felt appropriate and feasible.

The final Business Plan for 2019 – 2022 was presented to the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) on 19th July 2019 and formally adopted by the Committee.  It is available on the Floodhub, accessible by clicking here.

For any further information please contact the North West RFCC Secretariat at


Consultation on the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Draft Business Plan 2019 - 2022

The North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) draft business plan was produced to set the objectives and the main work streams for the period of April 2019 to March 2022.

The plan sets out the RFCC’s priorities to ensure it fulfils its responsibilities and looks ahead externally, to better understand future challenges.  It looks to compliment the Government’s 25 year Environment Plan and the refreshed National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy currently in development.  

The draft Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) Business Plan was published for public consultation on 7 December 2018 for nine weeks until 8 February 2019.  Partners and the public were offered the opportunity to respond to the consultation online via the Floodhub and Citizen Space website, by email or by post.  Thirteen responses to the consultation were received; twelve on behalf of organisations and one individual anonymous response.

A summary of the consultation responses is provided on the link below, along with a document which details each of the draft consultation responses.

Thank you to those of you who took the time to respond to this consultation, these are now under consideration.

The business plan will be taken to the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Meeting on 19 July 2019 for final approval.

If you require any further information please email the North West RFCC on



The Environment Agency is running this consultation on behalf of the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC).

The North West RFCC brings together the authorities responsible for managing flood and coastal erosion risk in the North West of England – that is the Environment Agency, Lead Local Flood Authorities and United Utilities as the water and sewerage company.

In order to be clear about what our priorities are and what we intend to do, we have produced a draft business plan, covering the three year period from 2019 to 2022. 

We are sharing the draft business plan with you as stakeholders and partners to get your feedback on it before we finalise it and implement it from April 2019. 

This consultation sets out a few key questions which you may find helpful to answer to provide us with your feedback.

Responding to this consultation

Information is provided throughout the online tool which you access by clicking on the Respond online link below. Information about this consultation and the draft business plan are listed in the Related section at the bottom of this page. Should you experience any difficulties accessing the documents please email

Why your views matter

We will use the responses to help refine and finalise our initial business plan for 2019 to 2022 prior to its publication in April 2019. We also aim to identify potential partners who we may work with in achieving shared objectives.


  • Statutory organisations
  • NGOs
  • Members of the public
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Local councils


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