Surface Water Management Plans - boroughs

MQT on 2016-07-20
Session date: 
July 20, 2016
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given your climate adaptation responsibilities and the work that Drain London has undertaken to tackle surface water flood risks, can you confirm that all London boroughs have completed their Surface Water Management Plans, a statutory requirement under the Flood and Water Management Act? Please list any London borough without a completed plan.


Answer for Surface Water Management Plans - boroughs

Answer for Surface Water Management Plans - boroughs

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Flood & Water Management Act 2010 does not specifically require London Boroughs (as Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs)) to have a Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP).  Instead it requires boroughs (amongst other things) to have prepared a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS), although somewhat unhelpfully the Act did not set a required completion date. 

The Drain London Project delivered SWMPS to every borough in 2012 and these are expected to be a useful input to and evidence for the LFRMS.

The Environment Agency keeps track of LLFA progress toward meeting the duties of the Act and is currently contacting them to assess progress.  This information is expected to be available next month, and I would expect it to show that several boroughs have not yet completed their LFRMS.  My officers will continue to highlight the importance of the LFRMS and encourage boroughs to complete them via the regular Drain London Forum meetings