Flood Management - Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA)

Flood Management - Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA)

Newcastle City Council is designated as  the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for Newcastle. We have a number of duties and responsibilities relating to managing flood risk across 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, 2.4mb). 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).
  • Act as Statutory Consultee  to the Local Planning Authority in relation to surface water management on all major planning applications and any development that may affect a watercourse or waterbody. All applicants whose developments 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 .
  • Consenting and enforcement activities on ordinary watercourses. If you are planning any works on or near a burn, stream or other watercourse, you need to view our Ordinary Watercourse Land Drainage guidance and apply for consent before starting work. To find out if this is the case before applying, contact the Flood Risk Management Team on 0191 2116848 or email flood.management@newcastle.gov.uk.
  • Play a lead role in emergency planning and recovery after a flood event.


In line with the Flood Risk regulations 2009, the Environment Agency published its Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment for England (October 2018) (pdf 1.8mb) to identify areas of the country where there is a significant risk of flooding.  Newcastle City Council produced a local Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (August 2011) (pdf 6.7mb) and Addendum PFRA (December 2017) (pdf 164mb).  By working in conjunction with the Environment Agency the flood risk assessments include objectives and measures to address the risks of flooding in Newcastle and the wider area.

Newcastle City Council, in partnership with the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water, commissioned the "Ouseburn Surface Water Management Plan" (OSWMP) (pdf, 38.48mb), study to model the effects of development and climate change on the Ouseburn catchment up to 2030. The OSWMP is a material planning consideration taken into account by the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) when assessing planning applications for flood risk.  The City Centre SWMP was completed in 2016 and models flood risk in the catchment up to 2030.



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Email: flood.management@newcastle.gov.uk.


If you experience flooding and require emergency assistance contact Envirocall

on 0191 278 7878 and ask for "Envirocall."


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