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Devon Local Flood Risk Management Strategy

The draft document, produced by Devon County Council and partner authorities, outlines how the risk of flooding to property and infrastructure will be managed and reduced over the next six years, from 2021-2027. 

The strategy looks at how plans for flood alleviation schemes can be developed and how communities can increase their resilience against flooding and the impact of climate change.  

Through partnership working and community engagement, investment is prioritised to target high-risk communities. Natural and sustainable flood management measures will be promoted, where appropriate, in all flood investigations and improvement projects, to reduce the scale, or need, of hard engineering solutions.  

Part 2 of the strategy prioritises areas and communities to be considered for investment in flood alleviation works. Although priorities are subject to change, it currently includes:

  • Exeter
  • Kingsbridge
  • Tiverton
  • Dawlish
  • Teignmouth
  • Exmouth
  • Newton Abbot
  • Seaton
  • Kingsteignton
  • Totnes
  • Bideford
  • Ilfracombe
  • Budleigh Salterton
  • Sidmouth
  • Crediton
  • Okehampton

Industry professionals, town and parish councils and members of the public are all invited to have their say before the consultation closes on Thursday 15 October.

As Lead Local Flood Authority, Devon County Council developed its first strategy in 2014, covering up to 2020. 

Devon’s latest strategy has been produced in line with the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. It also links in with the Flood Risk Management Plans and River Basin Management Plans for the region delivered by The Environment Agency and will help bring together funding for the investment programme over the next six years. 

The draft document also details the responsibilities of the risk management authorities in Devon and how they must work in partnership to coordinate local flood risk management.  

Consultation documents

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Get involved

We welcome your views on Devon’s Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. Please provide your comments by completing the online consultation form or alternatively, send your comments to

Contact information: Address: Flood and Coastal Risk Management Team, Lucombe House, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD
Phone: 01392 383000 (ask for 'flood risk')