The East Riding of Yorkshire Council as an authority responsible for managing the risk of flooding. It is working with a number of partners to develop plans and strategies to achieve this.
Investment in Humber Estuary Flood Defences
With the support of elected members, local MPs and major businesses, the Humber Local Authorities along with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership have submitted a proposal to Central Government seeking a commitment for a single settlement of £1.28bn required to improve estuary-wide flood defences along the Humber Estuary.
You can read two documents that support the proposal below:
Flood Defences Cost Money, No Defences Cost More: An economic case for the Humber and United Kingdom (pdf 3mb)
The Humber Estuary Flood Risk Management Strategy: Summary strategy and business case (pdf 2mb)
This request for funding was considered by Central Government and a response was received in October 2015. Whilst the bid was unsuccessful, Defra proposed Humber local authorities and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership work with the Environment Agency to form a comprehensive review and update to the adopted Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy. This process is underway and updates will be here published as they are available.
Environment Agency August 2019 Humber Strategy newsletter (pdf 829kb)
Further information on this partnership including future consultations is available on the Environment Agency's website:
Environment Agency (external website)
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
We are required by the EU directive 2001/42/EC on Strategic Environmental Assessment to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment on the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment. The SEA's revised recommendations (and those of the HRA) were incorporated into the final RHICS document (above).
Strategic Environmental Assessment (pdf 5.1mb)
Strategic Environmental Assessment appendices (pdf 435kb)
Flood Extent maps (pdf 3.9mb)
Cultural Heritage maps (pdf 5.2mb)
Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA)
We are required by the Habitats Directive 92/42/EE as set out in the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations (as amended) to undertake a Habitat Regulations Assessment of plans and projects which are likely to have a significant effect on one or more sites that are subject to European designations for their wildlife value, either individually or in combination with other plans or projects.
Because the SEA concluded that there was the potential for significant harm to European designated sites, we have undertaken an HRA:
Habitats Regulations Assessment (pdf 535kb)
The HRA also has a number of appendices, including citations (the key features of the sites) from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Natural England. These and further environmental documents are available on request.
Local Flood Risk Management Strategy
The council is also responsible for preparing a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) which sets out how we can manage the risk of flooding from 'local' sources. Alongside the LFRMS we have produced a Flood Risk Management Plan for Kingston Upon Hull and Haltemprice catchment (within the East Riding of Yorkshire) which is one of 10 national Flood Risk Areas designated by Defra.
More information on both of these documents is available on the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy page.
River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy (RHICS)
Over the last two years, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council have worked in partnership with:
- the Environment Agency (EA)
- Beverley and North Holderness Internal Drainage Board (BNHIDB), and
- Yorkshire Water (YW).
to plan how to improve drainage and manage the risk of flooding in the River Hull valley.
The Strategy was adopted by the River Hull Advisory Board on 10 July 2015.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council formally adopted the Strategy on 7 July 2015 and 22 June 2015 respectively. EA, BNHIDB and YW also agreed to the Strategy through their relevant approval process in July 2015.
A draft strategy which provided a detailed justification for the approach that partners took when developing the project was also consulted on.The final version incorporated comments received upon it and comments on and recommendations from the Strategic Environmental Assessment and the Habitats Regulations Assessment (below):
River Hull Integrated Catchment Strategy (RHICS) Report (pdf 6.74mb)
Please note: we are working to make all of our flood risk management plans and strategies available online.