Flood Management

Flood Management

Newcastle City Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA).  The Flood Management Team act as the LLFA, with responsibility for managing flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses.

Under the Flood and Water Management Act (2010), LLFAs have a duty to:

  • Manage flood risk by introducing flood alleviation projects
  • Prepare and maintain a local flood risk management strategy
  • Maintain a register of flood assets
  • Investigate significant flood events
  • Act as a consultee to the Local Planning Authority by providing technical advice relating to flood risk for major planning applications.

Further details relating to organisational flood risk roles and responsibilities, can be found on the Local Government Association pages below:  

Local flood risk management - roles and responsibilities /  Local Government Association - Local Flood Risk Management


Manage flood risk by introducing flood alleviation projects

The LLFA has a programme of flood alleviation schemes around the City to better protect residential and non-residential properties from flooding. We work strategically with other risk management authorities (Environment Agency, Northumbrian Water) to ensure that flood risk is considered from all sources.

Current projects:  Kenton Bar Flood Alleviation Project

Future Projects: Webpage under review

Flood Alleviation Schemes  Webpage to be reviewed


Prepare and maintain a Local Flood risk Management Strategy

The LLFA has a duty to prepare and maintain a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS). The current strategy was published in 2016 and is currently in the process of being updated.

The review of LFRMS will set out 6 key objectives .


Maintain a register of Flood Assets

This is currently under review and will be published in due course.


Investigate significant flood events

The LLFA considers a significant flooding event to be when one or more properties has been flooded internally or a road has been closed due to flooding. We do not consider flooding to open spaces like playing fields or gardens to be part of our statutory duty, although we may still investigate or provide advice.


Further information and guidance on our roles and responsibilities can be found as follows:

Links to other pages


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