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 2.63mb opens in new window)
SEA Final Scoping Report Appendices (pdf 814kb opens in new window)
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 opens in new window)
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 opens in new window)