Land Drainage and Flooding
The Land Drainage Functions in the Malvern
Hills area are carried out by the South Worcestershire Land
Drainage Partnership (SWLDP), a partnership covering the south of
Worcestershire including Malvern Hills District Council, Wychavon
District Council and Worcester City Council using powers delegated
by the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA). Worcestershire County
Council, in accordance with the Flood and Water Management Act
Under this arrangement the SWLDP carries out
functions under the Land Drainage Act 1991 (the Act). These
Section 25 enforcements:
Under Section 25 of the Act any landowner who has a watercourse
passing through or abutting their land is deemed a riparian owner
and has a legal duty to keep it clear and free from obstruction to
flow. As Drainage Authority the SWLDP has permissive legal powers
to undertake enforcement action where appropriate.
To report obstructed watercourses in the first
instance please contact the Land Drainage Inspector, Tom Palmer on
01684 862418 or email@example.com.
Consenting structures within a
watercourse: Under Section 23 of the Act any alterations
to, or proposed new structures that may affect flow in a
watercourse may require Land Drainage Consent before works
commence. Those requiring consent are shown in the ‘consentable structures’
document. Consent is required to be sought for the features
shown whether the proposed works are permanent or temporary.
To apply for consent or discuss any structures
that may require it in the first instance please contact Debbie
Bowen on 01386 565377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that consent cannot be given retrospectively so this
should be done before any works are commenced.
All works in, on, or near a watercourse should
comply with the Environment Agency pollution control
recommendations in ‘PPG 5
- Works in or near a watercourse’. A summary is available
below and the full version can be found on the Environment Agency
The Designation of flood defence
structures: Under the Flood and water Management Act 2010
the SWLDP has powers to designate features. These are private
structures that although are not designed as flood defence
structures provide a flood defence function. Designation involves
protecting them from alteration without prior consent.
Further information on this process can be
found in the ‘Designation
Other information: Further
details on the functions of the SWLDP, the responsibilities of
riparian owners and flooding and drainage can be found in the
‘Flooding Information and Advice’ leaflet.
Further information on protecting properties
from flooding can be found in the ‘Flood Protection
Guide’ or by visiting the National Flood Forum website http://nationalfloodforum.org.uk/.
Further information on Sustainable Drainage
Systems (SUDS), and how they can be used to gain environmental and
flood protection benefits in new and existing developments are
outlined in the ‘RSPB
Sustainable Drainage Systems Report’.