Strategic flood management
2. Flood Management Strategy
The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy was initially adopted in 2013 and set out how we and other agencies work together to improve management of local flood risk. Over the winter 2013/14, there was extensive flooding across the county, which meant that the strategy did not reflect the present situation. In April 2015, Buckinghamshire County Council, along with other Lead Local Flood Authorities gained some new statutory responsibilities for responding to the drainage aspects of planning applications for major developments. During 2015, The Strategic Flood Management Committee took the decision to revise the Strategy and the document has now been published.
What does local flood risk include?
Local flooding principally concerns surface runoff from intense rainfall, groundwater and ordinary (typically smaller) watercourses. It has been estimated that there could be up to 30,000 properties across Buckinghamshire at risk of flooding from local sources.
Why did we produce this strategy?
In order to manage flood risk more effectively and consistently, the Flood and Water Management Act was passed in 2010. The Act requires the Lead Local Flood Authority (in this case Buckinghamshire County Council) to produce a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. This strategy draws together all flood information from the relevant risk management authorities and the general public to determine how flood risk can be managed. The strategy identifies actions to address flood risk as well as who is responsible for carrying them out. The Local Flood Risk Strategy will also benefit strategic planning by ensuring development does not increase flood risk, promoting the use of sustainable drainage techniques and finding opportunities through new development to reduce flood risk where possible.
What is in the strategy?
The Strategy is in a single document which can be downloaded below. It seeks to explain the current understanding of flood risk across the county and identifies 8 principles which the Strategic Flood Management team will work to over the next 5 years.
The Strategy’s Action Plan will be reviewed annually, at which point the revised version will be placed on this web page. Review of the Strategy itself is planned for April 2022, as it follows a six year review cycle. The Strategy is owned by the Buckinghamshire Strategic Flood Management Committee.
Last updated: 30 April 2018