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Luton Borough Council

Local flood risk management strategy

As the LLFA we have a duty to develop a local flood risk management strategy for Luton.

The overarching aim of the strategy is to enable the long term management of flooding arising from rivers, surface water and groundwater in the borough and to communicate the risks and consequences of flooding to our residents.

We have collaborated with other flood risk authorities including the Environment Agency and Thames Water to develop the local flood risk management strategy. .
The local flood risk management strategy can be viewed here.

Preliminary flood risk assessment

Under the flood risk regulations (2009) all LLFAs are required to prepare a preliminary flood risk assessment (PFRA) report. This is a high level screening exercise to identify areas of significant risk as indicative flood risk areas across England where 30,000 people or more are at risk from flooding for reporting to Europe. Accordingly, Luton is not classified as an indicative flood risk areas.


Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (PCPA 2004) requires Local Planning Authorities to produce Local Development Frameworks (LDFs). LDFs are a portfolio of documents that collectively deliver the spatial planning strategy for a council administered area. Strategic Flood Risk Assessments (SFRAs) form part of the evidence base that should be used in the review of LDFs or in their production.

The results of the Level 1 SFRA should enable LBC to clearly identify where development is appropriate according to chapter 14 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Luton Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Update

Surface Water Management Plan

Surface Water Management Plans (SWMPs) are a tool to manage surface water flood risk on a local basis by optimising coordination between relevant stakeholders. SWMPs build on SFRAs and provide the vehicle for local organisations to develop a shared understanding of local flood risk, including setting out priorities for action, maintenance needs and links into local development frameworks and emergency plans.

Surface Water Management Plans (SWMPs) are a tool used to optimise the coordination between stakeholders locally. They build on SFRAs by providing local organisations with a vehicle to develop a shared understanding of flood risk in the region. In addition they help set out priorities, maintenance needs and can link into our development frameworks and emergency plans.

Luton Surface Water Management Plan (Draft)

Contact info
Flood risk management
Luton Borough Council, Town Hall, George Street, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 2BQ
Tel: 01582 547162

[email protected]


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