Flood Risk & Watercourse Consents

Isle of Wight Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy provides a high-level overview of the potential flood hazard from all sources of flooding including:

  • tidal
  • river
  • surface water
  • sewer
  • groundwater

It identifies a co-ordinated approach to managing these hazards where the greatest impacts are likely to occur. The aim of the strategy is to better understand, communicate and manage the risk of flooding on the Island. This is done through viable, sustainable and co-ordinated approaches for the benefit of local communities, property, land and the environment, both now and in the future.

The strategy represents a move from the historical position of looking at different types of flooding separately, towards trying to implement an integrated approach to managing the different types of flooding in a more co-ordinated manner with involvement from the relevant risk management authorities. The strategy also outlines how the risk management authorities (Ourselves as lead, highways authority, Southern Water and the Environment Agency) will manage the various sources of flooding that pose the greatest risk across the Island.

The strategy has been developed to comply with the requirements set out for a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy in the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and will inform the development of flood risk management elements/policies within future Island Plan documents and relevant associated documents.

We will be responsible for ensuring the strategy is monitored on an annual basis, in addition to being subject to a five yearly review process. 

The individual appendices can be found below: