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Suffolk Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

Suffolk County Council is consulting on the latest draft of the Suffolk Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (Suffolk Strategy).

This consultation will run between 29 July and 9 September 2022

The current Suffolk strategy was published in February 2013, and then reviewed and updated in 2016.

The main purpose of the Suffolk strategy is to set out how local flood risk, that is risk from surface water runoff, groundwater, and ordinary watercourses will be managed in Suffolk in partnerships with other risk management authorities (i.e. Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Boards, Highway Authority, District and Borough Councils, Water and Sewage Companies), landowners, communities, business and individuals.

The draft Suffolk strategy has been developed by building on experience, knowledge and best practice gained over the first strategy period and to align with and support the current National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy published by the Environment Agency in mid-2020. The long term ambitions of the National Strategy are to develop climate resilient places, ensure growth and that infrastructure remains resilient in a changing climate.

The draft Suffolk strategy has four broad Objectives, these support the national ambitions. They are;

  1. Understanding flood risks – roles and responsibilities
  2. Reduce the risk of flooding and building resilience – protection of people, businesses and key infrastructure
  3. Resilient growth, planning and development – flood risk and resilience is taken into account in land use planning and development decision making
  4. Resilient communities – Suffolk communities are aware of flood risk and given support and information to enable self help and resilience.

We want your views and comments on the Draft Suffolk Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, particularly around the objectives and their delivery.

Download the Draft Suffolk Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (PDF, 3.4MB). 

The public consultation period runs from 29 July to 9 September 2022.  Responses must be received no later than Friday 9 September 2022 and should be:

emailed to, or

posted to:

Suffolk County Council
Flood and Water Management Team
Endeavour House
8 Russell Road
Ipswich IP2 1BX