Our strategies, responsibilities and projects

Hampshire County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for the County

We have responsibilities given to us by the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

Our responsibilities

We are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from:

  • groundwater - caused when heavy or prolonged rainfall makes the water table rise above its normal level
  • surface water (rainfall) runoff - flows over surfaces such as roads, roofs and patios that cannot absorb water
  • ordinary watercourses - smaller, non-main rivers and water bodies. These include rivers, streams, ditches, drains, cuts, culverts, dikes, and sluices
Plans in place to manage flood risk

We undertake our role by preparing plans and strategies to manage flood risk. Our key plan is the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy.

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS)

Surface Water Management Plans (SWMPs) - includes:

  • draft surface water management plan for Eastleigh Borough Council
  • draft surface water management plan for Rushmoor Borough Council

Groundwater Management Plan

Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA)

Strategic Flood and Water Management Board

The Partnership Board includes representatives from:

  • Hampshire County Council
  • water companies
  • The Environment Agency
  • adjoining LLFAs (Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight)
  • district councils
  • parish councils
  • the two national parks in Hampshire

The board is supported by a Technical Delivery Group. This group provides a forum for sharing best practice and guiding flood risk management work.

See the Working with partners section.

Regional Flood and Coastal Committees

Hampshire County Council also work with Regional Flood and Coastal Committees (RFCCs). They have an important role to play in allocating government funding for flood defence and mitigation schemes.

Our projects

A32 Farringdon alleviation scheme

Buckskin flood alleviation scheme

Outer Winchester Flood Alleviation