Our responsibilities and strategies

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. A summary of some of the work our team completed in 2019/20 - review of the year.

Our responsibilities

We are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from:

  • 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
  • groundwater - caused when heavy or prolonged rainfall makes the water table rise above its normal level
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)

Draft Local Flood and Water Management Strategy 2020

Habitats’ Regulations Assessment

Strategic Environmental Assessment

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.