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
  • Investigate significant local flooding incidents (to the extent that we consider necessary or appropriate).
  • Statutory Consultee in relation to surface water management on all major planning applications and any development that may affect a watercourse or waterbody. All developments which have the potential to impact upon surface water runoff, groundwater and watercourses are encouraged to seek pre-planning application advice and read LLFA Pre-Planning Application Guidance relating to Surface Water Drainage .
  • 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 (LLFA) 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

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

Page last updated: 
27 April 2018
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