In December 2014 Cabinet approved a shift in approach to look at a more holistic and joined up approach to managing flood risk. This approach seeks to provide a more joined up and integrated approach to flood risk management by all authorities, agencies and communities. In September 2015 a progress report was reviewed by the ETE Select Committee on this apporach and what this means in relation to next steps.
The catchment approach:
aims to look at a whole river catchment, or sub-catchment and identify areas that are at risk and that have experienced flooding in recent events.
provides an understanding of how the catchment floods, which has not been based on administrative boundaries or flooding sources.
It makes clear that, when considering flood risk measures, there are likely to be a range of measures and options of varying in size, scale and complexity that may be appropriate.
Acknowledges that a number of authorities, agencies and communities need to come together to mitigate future flood risk.
Work is currently underway on the Test and Itchen Catchment plans as theses were undertaken as pilot schemes following the flooding in 2013/2014.
Previously the County Council has prepared Surface Water Management Plans (SWMP). The plan takes into account the risks posed by surface water flooding, including agreement about who will do what to better manage these risks.
Draft Surface Water Management plans are available for:
This document 3 MB explains the terms used in these plans and provides overall background information across the County.