Issue details

12/01945 - Kent Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (local strategy)

To seek agreement to adopt the Kent Local Flood Risk Management Strategy


The local strategy is a statutory requirement of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 for Lead Local Flood Authorities (county and unitary authorities).


We have a duty to adopt a local strategy, there is therefore a risk of failing to undertake our statutory obligations if we do not adopt one. There are costs associated with the implementation of the strategy, but many of these undertakings are also statutory requirements. All costs incurred in delivering the objectives of the strategy by KCC will be covered by grant funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 17/07/2012

Reason for urgency:

Decision due: 24 May 2013 by Cabinet

Kent Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (local strategy)

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste

Lead director: Mike Austerberry

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

Contact: Max Tant, Flood and Water Manager Tel: 01622 221691 e-mail:


Flood and Water Management Act 2010 Section 9 subsection (6)

Aims and level(s) of consultation (KCC consultation levels attached)

Gather opinions

Key consultee groups

Other risk management authorities (district/borough councils. Environment Agency, sewerage undertakers, internal drainage boards)

Start and finish dates of consultation.

3 September 2012 – 3 December 2012

Equalities Impact Assessment included in the consultation documentation. Please state where this can be found.

An EqIA will be included as part of the consultation


Informing Only (Who and when)



Has the matter already been discussed by a Cabinet Committee? If not when will be it discussed by the Cabinet Committee and the date of the meeting

It has been discussed by the Flood Risk Management Committee.  The Environment, Highways and Waste Policy and Overview Scrutiny Committee was previously made aware of the requirement for this strategy.  The draft strategy will be taken to the Environment, Highways and Waste Cabinet Committee following consultation. 


Is the matter referred to in your Business Plan or Medium Term Capital Programme?



Which Members and electoral Divisions are affected by this proposed decision? Is it All Members?

All Members


Financial implications: Max Tant, Flood Risk Manager, 01622 221691,

Legal implications: 12/01945

Equalities implications: Yes – the adoption and subsequent implementation of the local strategy will result in significant service development and associated expenditure. The strategy itself will apply to the whole county of Kent and district/borough councils and other authorities have a duty to act consistently with it.