The Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA)

The role of the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) was given to us by the Flood Risk Regulations 2009.

In the Flood Risk Regulations 2009, we were given the duty to produce a preliminary assessment of flood risk in the City, which resulted in the production of our Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) report.

The Flood and Water Management Act (2010) (FWMA) placed further responsibilities on the LLFA. As the LLFA, we have the responsibility to coordinate the management of flood risk from ‘local sources’. Our specific roles as the LLFA include:

a)    Investigating flooding incidents:

Where necessary and appropriate we will investigate and report on flooding incidents occurring within the City.

 b)    Production of a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

We must develop a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for flood risk from local sources.

 c)     Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Approval Body (SAB)

The role of the SAB is no longer expected to be coming into force. 

 d)    Creation and Maintenance of a register of flood risk assets

We must maintain a register of locally significant flood risk management and drainage assets.

 e)    Designation of flood risk management structures

We have permissive powers to designate structures and features that affect flooding so they cannot be altered, removed or replaced without consent.

 f)      Statutory consultee on major planning applications as regards surface water drainage

Since 15th April 2015, we have been a statutory consultee to the planning process for drainage and surface water management for major development.

g)    Land Drainage Consents

We are now the authority responsible for giving consent to any structures or culverts within any ordinary watercourses.

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