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Local flood risk management strategies in England: Patterns of application

Benson, D., Fritsch, O.ORCID: 0000-0001-8995-8634 and Langstaff, L. (2016) Local flood risk management strategies in England: Patterns of application. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 11 (Sup. 2). S827-S837.

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In England, the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 provides specific roles for Lead Local Flood Authorities in flood and coastal erosion risk management. Under Section 9 of the Act, authorities are responsible for preparing, applying, and monitoring a local flood risk management strategy that balances community input into flood management with national policy objectives. Authorities are legally obliged to consider specified requirements in strategy production, including consultation with the public. Using an evaluative framework based on legal requirements and local government guidelines, this study assesses the extent to which these requirements have been met in a sample of 43 strategies. Our findings suggest that strategies generally meet minimal legal requirements, although variance exists in approaches adopted, particularly in respect of consultation and links to other environmental management aspects. Recommendations for enhancing future practice are provided.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Copyright: © 2016 The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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