Flood risk management under scrutiny in England and Wales

The Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed it is reviewing the flood risk management plans for all 10 river basins in England, while the Welsh government has separately launched a consultation into its new strategy for managing flood risk and coastal erosion.

The EA is carrying out reviews and updates of the flood risk management plan for each river basin district, an agency official told ENDS, which will require strategic environmental assessments (SEAs) as set out under EU law.

The agency has determined that the process of reviewing and updating the flood risk management plans needs SEAs to be carried out because it modifies a “plan or programme” as defined by a 2001 EU directive, is unlikely to involve only minor changes, “sets the framework” for future development consent and should be treated as likely to have “significant effects” on sites protected by the EU’s nature directives.

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