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Flood risk management

Read our flood risk management strategy and find out about carrying out work on watercourses

Flood risk management strategy

The strategy explains the roles and responsibilities of local authorities, partners and communities in the management of flood risk in Leicestershire. 

We are now designated as a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) and hold the lead role in local flood risk management. We are required to develop a local flood risk strategy, which you can read below. Working along with flood risk management partners, we will develop this plan with the aim of reducing the impact of flooding in Leicestershire.

Flood risk management strategy - summary   Opens new window

Flood risk management strategy    Opens new window

Flood risk management action plan     Opens new window

Flood risk management strategy appendix   Opens new window

Regulation of activities on watercourses

Regulation is the management of any activity that creates obstructions to flow in watercourses. This is done to ensure that flood risk is managed.  It involves giving consent for acceptable work to be carried out and taking enforcement action if work is unacceptable. 

Consent to carry out work

To carry out work on, or near to, a watercourse you may need our consent.

We are responsible for granting consent for works on ordinary watercourses. An ordinary watercourse is defined as not being a ‘main river’ and can include streams, ditches, drains etc. other than those that belong to Severn Trent or Anglian Water.

Consent for works on ‘main rivers’ is the responsibility of the Environment Agency.

If you’re unsure what type of watercourse your intended work is on, you can check the main rivers map. If the watercourse is not included on the main river map it is likely to be an ordinary watercourse.

Activities on ordinary watercourses that require consent are those which are likely to cause an obstruction to flow or restrict storage and include culverts, bridges, weirs etc.pens new window

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Please note there is a charge of £50 for each structure or operation for applications made under the Land Drainage Act.

Land drainage consent checklist   Opens new window

LCC consent application guidance   Opens new window

Consentable activities - cross sections   Opens new window

Enforcement action

When work is carried out without consent, and where we deem that consent would have been needed, works cannot be retrospectively consented.

In these cases we will normally take action to ensure the ordinary watercourse is put back to the condition it was in beforehand. This is very important as work carried out without consent has the potential to increase flood risk to people and property.

Waterside living

A ‘riparian landowner’ is someone who owns land next to a river, stream or ditch. The Environment Agency has produced a guide which explains the responsibilities and rights of waterside living.

Trent Valley Internal Drainage Board

There are areas around Bottesford, Redmile and Harby that fall within the responsibility of the Trent Valley Internal Drainage Board. For specific details of the areas and drainage assets that are involved please contact the board directly, email, telephone 01636 704371.

Guidance Notes

We have produced a number of Guidance Notes providing advice to residents, landowners and developers on flooding and flood risk management.

Before, During and After a Flood   Opens new window

Communications Strategy and Prioritisation   Opens new window

Data Held, Sources and Requests   Opens new window

Enforcement Powers   Opens new window

Environmental Best Practice   Opens new window

Flood Reporting and Enquiry Investigation   Opens new window

Funding   Opens new window

Groundwater   Opens new window

Highways Statutory Duties and Vested Powers   Opens new window

Insurance   Opens new window

Non Internal Flooding   Opens new window

Planning and Development   Opens new window

Property Level Resilience   Opens new window

Riparian Landownership   Opens new window

Roles and Responsibilities   Opens new window

Rural Land Management   Opens new window

Surface Water   Opens new window

Using Experts   Opens new window

Policy documents

Preliminary flood risk assessment (PFRA) 

The PFRA gives a summary of flood risk in the county. It includes looking at flooding from the following sources:

  • surface runoff
  • groundwater
  • ordinary watercourses

and any interaction these have with main rivers and the sea.

Leicestershire preliminary flood risk assessment    Opens new window

Surface water management plan

The surface water management plan is used to identify areas where there is a high risk of surface water flooding, which could happen because of heavy rainfall. The plan outlines a preferred strategy for managing the risk of surface water flooding.  

Loughborough surface water management plan    Opens new window

Flood investigations

To increase our understanding of issues and sources of flooding Leicestershire County Council (acting as Lead Local Flood Authority) has carried out  the following investigations into flooding incidents within the county.  Each investigation includes a summary of the issues found, any actions and potential mitigation for a flood.

  • Diseworth and Long Whatton Catchment Study - Final Report January 2014
  • Market Harborough Town Centre - Final Report March 2014
  • Bardon Road, Coalville - Final Report April 2014
  • Cothlestone Avenue, Loughborough - Final Report June 2014
  • Mythe Lane, Witherley - Final Report November 2014
  • Rugby Close, Market Harborough - Final Report November 2014
  • Sheepy Magna, Hinckley and Bosworth - Final Report June 2015
  • Main Street, Burton Overy - Final Report August 2015
  • Bath Lane, Moira - Final Report August 2015
  • Shenton - Final Report October 2015
  • Main Street, Normanton - Final Report October 2015
  • Drome / Vercor Close, Coalville - Final Report October 2015

If you'd like any of the above investigation reports, please contact us.

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