Flood and Water Management / Drainage

Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS)

Adoption March 2016

Following approval at Cabinet on 14 March 2016, the Milton Keynes LFRMS has now been adopted. 

The adopted LFRMS can be viewed at:

Milton Keynes Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (February 2016) (PDF, 16.5MB)

A summary document of the LFRMS, an associated Environmental Report, the Cabinet meeting details, and a document outlining all comments received during the consultation period with associated officer responses and details of where additions/amendments have been made to the final LFRMS, can be viewed via the following links:

Milton Keynes Local Flood Risk Management Strategy: Strategic Environmental Assessment, Environmental Report (February 2016) (PDF, 10.5MB)

Milton Keynes Draft LFRMS Consultation Response document (PDF, 86KB)

Milton Keynes LFRMS Summary Document (PDF, 1.2MB)

Cabinet 14 March 2016

What is the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy?

The Flood and Water Management Act (2010), enacted by the Government in response to the recommendations of "The Pitt Review - Learning Lessons from the 2007 Floods", gave unitary and county councils, new responsibilities for leading and co-ordinating the management of local flood risk, in a new role as Lead Local Flood Authority.

This includes a statutory duty to develop, maintain, apply and monitor a strategy for the management of local flood risk. To this end, Milton Keynes Council in partnership with consultants AECOM and other local flood risk management authorities and partners; specifically the Environment Agency, Bedford Group of Drainage Boards, Anglian Water Services and the Park Trust, have prepared the Draft Milton Keynes Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS).

The LFRMS sets out the Council's approach to managing flood risk from local sources in both the short and long term, outlining proposals for sustainable actions that will help to manage the risk in a way that delivers the greatest benefits to the residents, businesses and environment of Milton Keynes. It also outlines how Milton Keynes Council will work with others to manage all sources of flooding within the borough and neighbouring catchments. The Strategy is accompanied by an Action Plan setting out how to deliver the objectives of the Strategy over the next six years and a Strategic Environmental Assessment assessing the impacts of the Strategy on the Environment.

Draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy and Consultation

Following approval at a Delegated Decision on 4 August 2015 (Delegated Decision 04/08/2015), the Draft LFRMS was the subject of a 3 month public consultation period from Monday 17 August to Monday 9 November.

The Draft LFRMS and associated Environmental Statement can be viewed at:

Draft Milton Keynes Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (PDF, 17MB)

Draft Milton Keynes Local Flood Risk Management Strategy - Environmental Report (PDF, 5.8MB)

Hard copies of the documents were also available to view at Milton Keynes Council Civic Offices and all Milton Keynes Libraries.

Last Updated: 27 February 2019