Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

Read the 2013 strategy which outlines the risks from flooding and our responsibilities in managing that risk.

The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 required county councils to lead the coordination of flood risk. We are the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for the area.

Our strategy, produced in 2013, focuses on:

  • the risks of flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses but also considers flooding from rivers and the seas
  • clarification on which authority is responsible for what in relation to the management of flood risk
  • the defined role of West Sussex County Council as LLFA.

If you wish to view any accompanying maps, please contact us using the email below.

Draft West Sussex Local Flood Risk Management Strategy 2021-2026

Work on the review of the Draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) 2021-2026, which went out to public consultation in autumn 2021, is currently paused. We are currently reviewing all strategy and plans, which has delayed the publication of the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.

Work has continued on the LFRM Implementation Plan for the 25 Priority Areas at most risk of surface water flooding as identified in the draft Strategy. The first areas of focus will be Angmering, Billingshurst, Chichester, Hassocks and Littlehampton.

Working with partners (including the town or parish council, the district or borough council, the Environment Agency, Southern Water and community/residents’ groups), studies will be undertaken to:

  • identify causes of local flood risk and key assets at risk of flooding
  • better understand the flooding mechanisms
  • identify feasible and cost-effective mitigation measures.

Supporting documents

Last updated:
4 November 2022
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