Northern Ireland’s (NI) Department for Infrastructure has launched a public consultation examining the draft timetable and work programme for the preparation of the NI Flood Risk Management Plan (FRMP) 2021-2027. The document outlines the proposed schedule for core stages of the plan, including a review of flood hazard and risk maps, publication of the plan’s strategic environmental assessment and its submission to the European Commission.
According to the documents, the FRMP will see a review of existing flood risk hazard and flood risk maps for all areas of potential significant flood risk by 22nd December 2019. A year later, the draft FRMP will be published and put forward for public consultation alongside the associated strategic environmental assessment. Final versions of these documents will then be published in December 2021, with submission to the European Commission in December 2022 (subject to Brexit arrangements).
It is hoped the consultation will:
- Raise general awareness of flooding and how the FRMP aims to help manage significant flood risk
- Create opportunities for local groups to share their knowledge of local flooding with decision makers
- Contribute to the development of the FRMP.