The Lead Local Flood Authority
Under the Flood and
Water Management Act (2010) Bedford Borough Council is now a
'Lead Local Flood Authority' with improved responsibilities for
local flood risk management.
Our Roles and Responsibilities for
Flood Risk Management
Our new duties as a 'Lead Local
Flood Authority' include:
Where necessary and appropriate the
Council will investigate and report on flooding incidents occurring
within the Borough. Click here to report an incident.
The Council must develop a Local
Flood Risk Management Strategy for flood risk from surface
water runoff, groundwater and ordinary watercourses
throughout Bedford Borough. This will identify areas
vulnerable to flooding and help us target our resources where they
are most needed.
c) Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Approval
Responsibility to approve proposed
drainage systems in new developments and redevelopments as the
Sustainable Drainage Approval Body (SAB). This will ensure that new
developments drain in a manner which does not increase flood risk.
Bedford Borough Council are taking steps to prepare for this role
despite implementation still being revised by Central Government,
who state that it has taken time to collaboratively develop
the necerssary processes, standards and guidance. For
more information on SuDS visit SuSDrain.
The Council must maintain a
register of locally significant flood risk management and
drainage assets found above and below ground (i.e. structures or
features) which, in the opinion of the authority, are likely to
have a significant effect on flood risk within the Borough. This
involves recording flood assets and identifying those responsible
for maintaining them.
e) Designation of third party flood risk management
The Council has powers to designate
structures and features that affect flooding so they cannot be
altered, removed or replaced without consent from the
authority. Read more about the
‘Designation of third party structures & features for flood and
coastal erosion risk management purposes’, a guide produced by
Responsible for the consenting of
works and enforcement on ordinary watercourses, as laid out in
the Land Drainage Act 1990 and the Flood and Water Management Act
(2010). This ensures works will not negatively impact the natural
environment through flooding, pollution, loss of habitats or damage
The Council has further drainage responsibilities as a
Local Highway Authority, more information on this can be found
on our Highways pages.
Partner roles and
There are also a number of different roles and
responsibilities for other organisations
which relate to the way flood risk is managed in the Borough,
more information on these can be found on our Other Flood Authorities page.
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