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Latest developments with Flood and Water Management Act

1 August 2012

01 August 2012 – The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (Commencement No. 7) Order 2012 has come into force. The Order commences the substantive provisions under Section 30 of, and Schedule 1 (Designation of features) in England and Wales. In addition the following Regulations that support these provisions also came into force in July 2012:

The Designation of Features (Appeals) (England) Regulations 2012 and
The Designation of Features (Appeals) (Wales) Regulations 2012

The Designation of Features (Notices) (England) Regulations 2012 and
The Designation of Features (Notices) (Wales) Regulations 2012

Further information on the designation process is available from the following two publications for Designating/Responsible Authorities and asset owners.
Designation of structures and features for FCERM purposes – Information note
Information for asset owners – your questions answered

Defra recommend that Designation Authorities provide a copy of ‘Information for asset owners” in their initial correspondence with the asset owners.


Background


The Flood and Water Management Act provides for better, more comprehensive management of flood risk for people, homes and businesses, helps safeguard community groups from unaffordable rises in surface water drainage charges and protects water supplies to the consumer.

The Act implements Sir Michael Pitt’s recommendations requiring urgent legislation, following his review of the 2007 floods.

Serious flooding can happen any time. Climate projections suggest extreme weather will happen more frequently in the future. This Act is central to reducing the flood risk associated with extreme weather.

The Act will need to be commenced by ministerial order before it comes into effect; however, it is important to recognize many of the authorities who will have new duties and powers under the Act are already getting on with managing flood risk.

National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy – England 

The National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England was issued on the 18 July 2011 and it provides a national framework for local communities to develop local partnerships and solutions to the flood and coastal erosion risks they face and underpins the partnership approach to funding flood and coastal resilience projects. Further information on the national strategy for England and supporting guidance is available from the Environment Agency.
 

Implementation in Wales

For full details of the implementation of the Act within Wales, please refer to the Welsh Assembly Government website.
Contact Defra
Please email floodwateract@defra.gsi.gov.uk to be added to our mailing list to be kept informed of further developments.
 

 

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