This local spaces area provides a link to the ‘Your Local Area’ map. On this, there will be information on completed and ongoing flood schemes, natural flood management schemes, flood action and community groups established in your area and information on local events. The information on this page has been provided by Risk Management Authorities and was correct at the time of upload.
“By 2027, Lancashire will be a more flood resilient place that is better prepared for and more adaptive to risks, challenges and opportunities supporting a sustainable future for the people of Lancashire.”
The Lancashire Partnership is one of five Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Partnerships reporting to the North West RFCC alongside Cumbria, Merseyside, Cheshire Mid-Mersey and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority – (GMCA). All the FCERM Partnerships in the North West bring together the key agencies/authorities and other organisations/stakeholders to deliver an integrated and collaborative approach to manage flood risk.
The Lancashire partnership includes all Risk Management Authorities (RMA) as defined in the Flood and Water Management Act; the Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs), the Environment Agency, United Utilities, and in Lancashire, the twelve district authorities. The Lead Local Flood Authorities in Lancashire are Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Blackburn-with-Darwen Council, who also have duties as the highway authority with regard to the management of flood risk.
As well as the RMAs, the partnership works with the river catchment management groups (Ribble Rivers Trust, Wyre Rivers Trust, Lune Rivers Trust, Mersey Rivers Trust and River Douglas Catchment Partnerships), and community and flood action groups.
The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 appointed Blackburn-with-Darwen Council, Blackpool Council and Lancashire County Council as Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs). This followed serious flooding across the UK, and aimed to improve resilience to flooding by providing a framework for organisations which are responsible for managing water to work together, and with local communities, to manage flood risk.
The councils have a range of powers, duties and responsibilities and are responsible for managing flood risk from ‘local’ sources. These local sources of flooding are surface water, groundwater and ‘ordinary watercourses’ – a term covering a number of smaller watercourses which do not form part of a main river.
Under Section 9 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, Lead Local Flood Authorities must produce a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy which is consistent with the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy. Lancashire LLFAs will work collaboratively with partner flood risk management authorities, individuals, communities and organisations to reduce local flood risk. We will achieve this through the vision and themes set out in this strategy, under which we will deliver our objectives.
Click here to download the ‘Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for Lancashire 2021-27.
The information on this page has been provided by the Lancashire Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management Partnership. Last updated: August 2022