Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

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The local strategy

Under Section 9 of the Flood and Water Management Act. Cornwall Council, as Lead Local Flood Authority, is required to:

  • develop
  • maintain
  • apply
  • monitor and
  • publish a Local Strategy for flood risk management

The Cornwall Local Flood Risk Management Strategy was formally adopted by the Council on 5 November 2014. It was agreed that the Strategy would be reviewed every 6 years. The Strategy was refreshed in 2020. This update was approved by Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 26 November 2020. It will be reviewed again in 2026.

Part 1 Strategic Vision

The Strategic Vision is Part 1 of Cornwall's Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.

You can view the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. This was produced by Cornwall Council, partner authorities and key stakeholders. Please get in touch if you have any comments.

The Strategy's design process

  • Internal and partner consultation ran during January and February 2014
  • The public consultation ran during June and July 2014
  • Cornwall Council's Cabinet adopted the document on 5 November 2014
  • Refreshed in 2020
  • The public consultation ran during September and October 2020
  • Cornwall Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee approved the updated document. 26 November 2020

The main changes between the 2014 and 2020 Strategic Vision included an increased emphasis on Climate Change impacts and the need for adaptation. It also included Nature-Based Solutions and Property Flood Resilience.

The document outlines the responsibilities of the Risk Management Authorities in Cornwall. It details how they are working in partnership to coordinate local flood risk management. The document covers

  • engaging with communities
  • preparing for floods
  • responding to flood events
  • collaborating on flood risk studies
  • investing in flood improvements.

We produced this strategy as Lead Local Flood Authority for Cornwall under the requirements of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

Part 2 Community Flood Risk Profiles

The community profiles are Stage 2 of Cornwall's Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.  They are developed and updated on an ongoing basis. More communities are included as and when possible.

The profiles provide a compilation of flood risk information at a town or community local level. For each location they set out the known issues and evidence.  This is to identify actions that can help manage the risk of flooding at a local level.

The purpose of the profiles is to record information relevant to flood risk management that is specific to each community.  As well as bring together that information from many different sources. They therefore provide a compilation of flood risk data for ease of reference.  They are supported by Cornwall Council's strategic flood risk mapping facility. Quick links to open the mapping are provided within each profile.

You can view the flood risk profiles using the links below.

Part 3 Annual Report

The Annual Report provides an overview of current flood risk issues in Cornwall.  It supports flood defence applications and interventions. Based on issues identified in Part 2. This is for high risk communities and provides local information for smaller communities.  It lets the public know what actions Cornwall Council are following up to manage flood risks.

The Report and Action Plan is produced in line with the Medium Term Plan. (The process by which risk management authorities apply for flood defence funding). The first Annual Report during 2016.

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