Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

Information about the local flood risk management strategy, flood risk management plans and associated documents.

What is the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy?

The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) sets out how we intend to work with partners to manage the risk of flooding in the East Riding up to 2027 and beyond.

The first cycle LFRMS and associated documents:

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (pdf 10.6mb)

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy - Summary Document (pdf 2.3mb)

Report of the Consultation (pdf 2.7mb)

In line with planning cycles, our flood risk strategy team are developing the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy 2 (LFRMS2) for the period 2021 to 2027 and beyond. The consultation draft of LFRMS2 was published in the Cabinet Supporting Papers 14 December 2021 which are available to view:

Cabinet documents

Formal consultation on the draft strategy is planned for early 2022 at which point more information will be available here.

What are Flood Risk Management Plans?

To support the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy we are developing a series of Flood Risk Management Plans for drainage catchments within the East Riding. These involve producing studies including hydraulic models to benchmark existing flood risk in East Riding communities. These studies provide the evidence base for future investment, leading on to future flood alleviation schemes.

The following map indicates drainage catchments in the East Riding:

Drainage catchments (pdf 382kb)

The first Flood Risk Management Plan that we have produced is for the Kingston upon Hull and Haltemprice catchment (within East Riding of Yorkshire). This was prepared alongside the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy and formally adopted by the council on 18 November 2015.

The Environment Agency and partners are carrying out consultation for the Humber Flood Risk Management Plan (FRMP2) on 22 October 2021 to 22 January 2022. The Humber FRMP2 will be for the period 2021 to 2027.

The Humber FRMP2 details both the catchment areas (Hull and East Riding) and Flood Risk Areas (FRAs) within the East Riding as well as across the Humber River Basin District. All FRAs have been identified nationally where there is a potential for significant risk or impact should major flooding occur.

The FRAs in the East Riding include:

  • Kingston Upon Hull and Haltemprice FRA (surface water flooding)
  • Kingston Upon Hull and Haltemprice FRA (rivers & sea flooding)
  • Goole FRA (rivers and sea flooding)
  • Gilberdyke FRA (rivers and sea flooding)
  • Hedon FRA (rivers and sea flooding)
  • Hessle FRA (rivers and sea flooding)
  • Thorngumbald FRA (rivers and sea flooding).

For the Kingston and Haltemprice FRA, the Humber FRMP2 reviews and updates our Kingston Upon Hull and Haltemprice Flood Risk Management Plan 2015:

Flood Risk Management Plan - Kingston upon Hull & Haltemprice catchment (pdf 7.9mb)

The Humber FRMP2 will also contain measures for each area and is available on the Environment Agency's consultation website:

Environment Agency's consultation page (external website)

More information regarding FRMPs is available on the government's website:

FRMP government information (external website)

What is the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)?

We are required by the EU directive 2001/42/EC on Strategic Environmental Assessment ('SEA Directive') to undertake Strategic Environmental Assessment on the effects of certain plans and programmes on the environment. We are of the view that the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) and Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) fall within the scope of plans that require SEA.

In February 2014 we consulted on a Draft Scoping Report for the SEA setting out how we propose to undertake the SEA of the LFRMS and FRMPs. It included a review of the relevant plans and programmes, baseline environmental information and a proposed set of SEA objectives and monitoring indicators. The comments received were taken into account in producing the Final Scoping Report:

SEA Final Scoping Report (pdf 2.6mb)

SEA Final Scoping Report Appendices (pdf 814kb)

The SEA framework was applied to the Draft LFRMS and the results of this were presented in a Draft Environmental Statement. The comments received informed the final versions of the documents:

Final Environmental Statement (pdf 6.7mb)

The SEA Directive also requires us to publish a 'post adoption statement' following the adoption of a plan or programme that has been subject to SEA:

SEA Post Adoption Statement (pdf 376kb)

What is the Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA)?

We are required by the Habitats Directive (92/42/EEC) 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 and projects.

We are of the view that the LFRMS and FRMPs fall within the scope of plans that require HRA. This is also commonly referred to as Appropriate Assessment (AA) although the requirement for AA is first determined by an initial 'screening' stage. The relevant HRA Reports for the LFRMS and FRMP(s) have been produced:

What is the Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA)?

As a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), the East Riding of Yorkshire Council produced a PFRA to meet the requirements of the Flood Risk Regulations 2009 (FRR) and the European Floods Directive (EUFD). The FRR implement the EUFD in England. They provide a framework for managing flood risk over a 6 year cycle comprising:

  • Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment Report - deadline 22/06/2011

  • Identify Flood Risk Areas - deadline 22/06/2011

  • Prepare Flood Hazard and Flood Risk maps - deadline 22/06/2013

  • Prepare Flood Risk Management Plans for Flood Risk Areas - deadline 22/06/2015

The PFRA forms our preliminary assessment dealing with specific types of flood risk within the East Riding and follows the preferred format in the Environment Agency's PFRA guidance. The PFRA provides an initial assessment of local flood risk across the East Riding, including the basis of the preparation of a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy and the council's strategic investment plan:

Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment 2011 (pdf 3.2mb)

The objectives of the PFRA are to:

  • Establish boundaries of the flood risk area.

  • Identify additional hydraulic catchment-based flood risk areas, to be subject to further studies (such as surface water management plans).

  • Record historic flood events from local and national sources and to assess the consequences and impacts of these.

  • Assess potential future flood events and their impacts.

  • Feed into flood resilience and emergency planning processes.

  • Provide the context and framework for a local flood risk management strategy that will identify priorities, investment and resource requirements.

What significant risk does does the Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) identify?

We modified an indicative flood risk area presented by the Environment Agency covering Kingston Upon Hull & Haltemprice. The Environment Agency accepted this modification.

We proposed an additional three flood risk areas susceptible to surface water flooding at risk:


The main risk in Bridlington is from a coincidence of surface water flood risk.


Surface water flood risk is from exceedance of the drainage system. The parts of the town at risk are similar to those at risk of flooding from the River Hull.


Most of the town is defended to a 1 in 200 standard of protection against tidal flooding by raised river embankments. In practical terms, the main risk is from surface water, as the drainage system relies entirely on pumping. Main flooding events in modern times (at least post-1947) have been pluvial inundation.

The Environment Agency has reviewed our PFRA and determined that the additional Flood Risk Areas are not compliant with Government guidance as to the areas identified do not meet the thresholds and criteria set by the Minister in England. In accordance with the Flood Risk Regulations 2009 (FFR), the matter has been referred to the Minister for a final decision.

We received the determination in September 2013. Whilst the Minister recognised historic issues and the potential for future flood risk in these three towns, it was decided that they would not be included as additional flood risk areas.

Kingston Upon Hull & Haltemprice Flood Risk Areas - Original (png 470kb)

The remaining stages of the FFR cycle were dealt with as part of our Hull and Haltemprice (within the East Riding of Yorkshire) Flood Risk Management Plan and the Environment Agency's Humber River Basin District Flood Risk Management Plan 2015-2021:

www.gov.uk publications (external website)

Has our 2011 Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) been reviewed?

East Riding of Yorkshire Council, as Lead Local Flood Authority, reviewed its preliminary assessment and Flood Risk Areas (FRA) in June 2017.

To complete the first review we provided the relevant up to date information to the Environment Agency (EA) who collated feedback nationally to report to the European Commission. Our 2017 update is available to view:

www.gov.uk publications (external website)

As a result of the review and the EA's proposed indicative FRA for this cycle, amendments were made to the Hull and Haltemprice Flood Risk Area. It remains the only designated FRA in the East Riding:

Kingston Upon Hull & Haltemprice Flood Risk Areas 2017/18 (png 413kb)

In line with responsibilities set out in the Flood Risk Regulations 2009, we completed a further review of the Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment in June 2023.

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