Flood risk management
Lead Local Flood Authority
South Tyneside Council is a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) under the Flood and Water Management Act (2010). This means we have a number of duties and responsibilities in relation to managing flood risk across South Tyneside.
We are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from local sources, including:
- Surface water runoff
- Ordinary watercourses
Often the causes of flooding can be complex and it is not always the result of one factor. We work closely with partner organisations like the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water to manage the risk.
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
The aim of the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) is to avoid inappropriate development in high flood-risk areas.
The SFRA assesses the risk of flooding from all sources, and includes mapping of Flood Zones 1, 2, 3a and 3b.
The SFRA also provides background information for our Local Development Framework and will help to influence and shape planning decisions, whilst assisting with emergency planning, shoreline management and drainage responsibilities.
Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment
The Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) is a high level summary of risk, describing the probability of future flooding and the consequences of past flooding.
It identifies areas where the risks are significant and warrant further examination.