Newcastle City Council is designated as a the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for Newcastle. We have a number of duties and responsibilities relating to managing flood risk cross the city, as required by the Flood and Water Management Act (2010) and Flood Risk Regulations (2009).

  • Prepare and maintain a strategy for local flood risk management, co-ordinating activity and views with other partners and communities through public consultation and scrutiny, and delivery planning.
  • Maintaining an asset register of structures or features which are likely to have a significant effect on flood risk. Designating structures or features that affect flood risk, so that the structure or feature may not be altered or removed without consent. As a part of this we have prepared a map of the locations of culverts across the city - Map (pdf, 1.7mb). The register is also available for inspection by members of the public on request, please contact flood.management@newcastle.gov.uk.
  • Investigate significant local flooding incidents (to the extent that we consider necessary or appropriate).
  • Play a lead role in emergency planning and recovery after a flood event.

Newcastle City Council, in partnership with the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water, has commissioned the "Ouseburn Surface Water Management Plan" (OSWMP) (pdf, 38.48mb), a study which models the effects of development and climate change on the Ouseburn catchment up to 2030. The OSWMP is a major planning consideration taken into account by the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLAF) when assessing planning applications for flood risk.

In 2011, a Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (pdf, 4.85mb) was carried out to give a high level overview of flood risk from local sources. The joint Newcastle-Gateshead Surface Water Management Plan was also completed in 2011, along with the level 1 and 2 Strategic Flood Risk Assessments and the Water Cycle Study. We are currently preparing a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy to address the risk of flooding across Newcastle and anticipate a draft will be available for consultation February 2016.

For more information about anything contained in these pages, contact flood.management@newcastle.gov.uk.

If you require emergency assistance contact Envirocall Online or call 0191 278 7878 and ask for "Envirocall".

Page last updated: 
12 July 2016
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