Stockport Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

Under the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) we became a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA). We are responsible for managing local flood risk from surface water, ground water and ordinary watercourses in Stockport.

One of the new duties placed upon us is to assist in the management of local flood risks. LLFA is to ‘develop, maintain, apply and monitor a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS)’.

The LFRMS is intended to demonstrate our understanding and role in managing the flood risk within the borough of Stockport and its role in working with other key stakeholders and the local community.

The Local Flooding Risk Management Strategy (PDF 1.2Mb) includes information on potential flooding risks in Stockport. It also includes the legislative background and duties of Stockport Council managing flood risks and the objectives of the strategy. The objectives are supported by a number of measures and an action plan.

Recent flood events in the UK have highlighted further the fact that flood risk in England is expected to increase due to climate change and development in areas at risk. It is not possible to prevent all flooding, but there are actions that can be taken to manage these risks. And therefore reduce the impacts on communities, the environment and infrastructure.

Flood risk from Main Rivers such as the Mersey, Goyt and Tame are still under the management of the Environment Agency. It is predominantly what is classed as Ordinary Watercourses, Surface Water and Ground Water flooding that the LFRMS seeks to address.

We will take a proportionate risk-based approach using the budget and resources available to reduce both the likelihood of flooding and the impacts of flooding should it occur.

A fundamental aim of the LFRMS is that Stockport Council embraces and supports its role as LLFA. This means taking the lead in helping with infrastructure development and re-development and working with other bodies in dealing with flood risk.

We want to encourage and wherever possible enforce current thinking and guidance. As well as being able to provide improvements through working better together in terms of supporting communities to help themselves. The LFRMS is a ‘live’ document that will be reviewed periodically as the measures and actions detailed therein are developed and implemented.

The documents produced as part of the development of the LFRMS can be found below: