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The Jubilee River story - Flood Risk Regulations 2009

The new Flood Risk Regulations 2009 No 3042 were made on 13/11/2009, laid before Parliament on 19/11/2009 and came into force on 10 December 2009. I will not mention the words 'debate' or 'scrutiny', but to me four weeks seems a short period of time to introduce new legislation.....

Briefly - FRR2009 transposes the European Directive 2007/60/EC of 23 October 2007 (.pdf) - on the assessment and management of flood risks.

FRR2009 identifies the new 'lead local flood authorities' (LLFA's) and completion dates for documentation.

For a detailed look at the legislation complete with responsibilities and duties, please see Ewan's Simplified Guide to the new Flood Risk Regulations 2009 No 3042

There is also an Explanatory memorandum to the FLOOD RISK REGULATIONS 2009 No. 3042(260kB.pdf)

You may be interested in Flood Risk Regulations 2009 - European Commission starts legal proceedings....

Finally, the Environment Agency has published PFRA - Final Guidance http://publications.environment-agency.gov.uk/PDF/GEHO1210BTGH-E-E.pdf

Original page - The Flood Risk Regulations 2009 No. 3042

 26 Jan 2011

Flood Control: Finance

Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much will be distributed to local authorities for flood prevention and protection through the local government formula grant in each of the next four financial years. [35757]

Richard Benyon: Formula grant is an "unhypothecated block grant". This means that authorities are free to spend it on any service. For this reason, and due to the method of calculating formula grant, particularly floor damping, it is not possible to say how much grant has been provided for any particular service, including flood
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prevention and protection. Floor damping is the process of guaranteeing that no authority will receive more than a maximum percentage decrease in grant year-on-year on a like-for-like basis; in order to pay for this changes above the floor are scaled back for other authorities.

Floods

Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what review her Department has undertaken to identify those areas of the UK that are at risk of flooding. [35244]

Richard Benyon: The floods directive, as transposed by the Flood Risk Regulations 2009 in England and Wales, requires member states to identify areas that are at potentially significant risk of flooding. Flood hazard and flood risk maps and management plans must then be prepared for these areas.

Given that the Environment Agency already holds equivalent maps and plans for main rivers and coastal flood risk, our work focused on local sources of flooding, for which responsibility lies with lead local flood authorities. To assist local authorities in determining flood risk areas, DEFRA has identified indicative areas which local authorities must then review.

The method for identifying indicative risk areas was developed in consultation with the Environment Agency , Welsh Assembly Government, the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Local Government Association, drawing on both the Environment Agency's flood maps for surface water and a database of assets at risk. This established areas where 200 people, two or more critical services or 20 or more businesses are at risk of flooding. Clusters of these areas were identified and the results were then ranked to determine the highest risk areas. A threshold of 30,000 people at risk was applied to ensure that the subsequent mapping and planning phases are achievable and not too onerous.

The result was ten indicative flood risk areas within England, which account for 33% of the national surface water risk. Eight such areas have been identified in Wales.

A similar approach has been applied in Northern Ireland, and Scotland is in the process of identifying an appropriate methodology.