Policy paper

Programme of flood and coastal erosion risk management schemes

How the Environment Agency will manage government investment to reduce flood risk and coastal erosion in England.

Documents

Flood and coastal erosion risk management investment programme 2015 to 2021 - republished April 2017

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Flood and coastal erosion risk management in England investment programme 2015 to 2021 infographic - updated March 2017

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Details

Between April 2015 and March 2021, government will invest £2.5 billion to reduce the risks of flooding and coastal erosion.

Local authorities, internal drainage boards and the Environment Agency are working together with local communities to develop 1,500 schemes.

These schemes will reduce flood risk to more than 300,000 households by March 2021.

The Environment Agency regularly review the investment programme to ensure it can respond appropriately to changes such as serious flooding, local partnership funding contributions and new flood risk information.

The on-going nature of the programme means it will be updated throughout the 6 years (April 2015 to April 2021). The latest update was in March 2017, which sets out the plans from then until March 2021.

The regional flood and coastal committees have agreed the programme, and it includes additional money made available by the government in the March 2016 budget.

Our six year programme finishes in March 2021. Data on some projects are included beyond 2021 as work on these schemes commences during the current programme. The full programme after 2021 is still to be agreed and individual projects should not be taken as representative of future investment in flood defences around the country.

You can also see the schemes on an interactive map.

Read the long-term investment scenarios: flood and coastal erosion risk management over the next 50 years.

The river and coastal maintenance programme shows the maintenance work the Environment Agency plans to do.

Published 12 April 2010
Last updated 21 April 2017 + show all updates
  1. Update to text reflecting allocations beyond 2021 and other minor changes.
  2. Please note that the project stages for some projects have been revised. This only affects projects which were previously showing as in construction which are actually in development or pipeline stages of the programme
  3. Programme document, infographic and interactive map updated.
  4. Interactive Map being updated. Link removed.
  5. Link to interactive map re-instated.
  6. Interactive map is being updated. Link removed.
  7. Interactive map is being updated.
  8. Programme document and interactive map updated.
  9. Interactive map: date expected to be available updated.
  10. Interactive map is being updated. Link removed.
  11. Because the Chancellor of the Exchequer agreed to bring forward up to £60 million of flood risk management funding, more projects are now in the 6 year programme. Environment Agency have published a list of these projects as a spreadsheet and on a map.
  12. Link to long term investment scenarios 2014 added
  13. The Environment Agency has published a programme of flood and coastal erosion risk management that shows investment for the next 6 years. This is for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2021.
  14. First published.