What is the Severn Estuary Flood Risk Management Strategy?

The Strategy is the Environment Agency's plan to manage tidal flood risks in the Severn Estuary. It covers the coast from Gloucester to Lavernock Point near Cardiff and from Gloucester to Hinkley Point in Somerset.

The three main objectives of the strategy are:

  • to define a 100 year plan of investment for flood defences by the Environment Agency and local authorities
  • to prioritise other flood risk management measures such as providing advice to utility companies to protect critical infrastructure, development control advice and flood warning investment
  • to decide where we should create new inter-tidal wildlife habitats to compensate for losses of habitat caused by rising sea levels

We held our second consultation on the draft Strategy in 2013.  The consultation was hosted on this website though also included local drop-in sessions plus presentations to Parish Councils and interested local groups.

  • A summary report on the responses we received is here
  • We have endeavoured to answer the many questions raised during the consultation in a report available here

We are pleased that the 2013 consultation showed a general acceptance of the proposed way forward.  We shall therefore update the on-line material shortly taking account of comments received so that there will be a working draft of the strategy available for all to refer to, whilst the strategy is put forward for acceptance by Defra and Welsh Government.



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