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Managing Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk in Sefton

Managing Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk in Sefton


Extensive flooding across the UK in 2007 resulted in an overhaul of flood risk legislation with greater responsibility placed on local authorities to effectively manage surface water flood risk.

The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 defined the new roles and responsibilities for local authorities and classified them as Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFA). Sefton Council was made a LLFA and, as such, we oversee flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses (ditches, stream and smaller rivers). 

As an LLFA, Sefton Council has a number of responsibilities: 

   Responsibility    Relevant Documents


   Investigate and publish reports on

   significant flooding in Sefton.


   Flood Investigation Policy



  Establish and maintain a register of

  structures or features which have a

  significant effect on flood risk. 


   Asset Register


   Prepare and maintain a Local Flood

   Risk Management Strategy which

   manages surface water runoff,

   groundwater &

   ordinary watercourses.  



   Local Flood Risk Management

   Strategy (2022-2030)


   Accompanying Business

   Plan (2022-2030


   Easy Read version (2022-2030)



   Co-operate with other Risk

   Management Authorities and

   work closely to ensure local and

   national plans are linked.


   North West Regional Flood

   & Coastal Committee


   Regulate ordinary watercourses

   through consent and enforcement

   powers to ensure riparian owners

   are undertaking their duties.


   Owning a Watercourse Info


   Land Drainage Consent

   Application Form


   Undertake the role of a statutory

   consultee to Sefton planning

   authorities by providing technical

   advice on surface water drainage.


   Planning & Sustainable Drainage


   Have a role in emergency planning. 



   Emergency Planning


Last Updated on Friday, December 9, 2022

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