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Norfolk Strategic Flooding Alliance

The Norfolk Strategic Flooding Alliance (NSFA) was founded in February 2021. It was founded after significant surface water flooding issues in December 2020, led to:

  • Over 350 properties being flooded in Norfolk
  • 120 settlements being affected

The NSFA brings together all agencies and partners involved in planning for and responding to flooding in Norfolk. It is chaired by Henry Cator.

Report flooding

A phone number, 0344 800 8013, has been set up by the NSFA to give Norfolk residents one point of contact to report flooding. Anyone can report flooding anywhere in the county. Report a flood.

Alliance objectives

The NSFA's vision, objectives, approach and structure, is detailed in the NSFA strategy. The strategy is designed to enable countywide responses to flooding across all agencies involved.

The aim is to ensure that Norfolk residents have confidence that flood risks are as low as reasonably practicable and will be well managed. This is important as Norfolk has suffered from repeated flood events as well as being prone to drought.

Download the Norfolk Strategic Flooding Alliance strategy (PDF) [275KB]

Action plan

The strategy is accompanied by an action plan. This identifies steps for the NSFA and its members to take to address the risk of flooding. This includes:

  • Work on individual sites across Norfolk
  • Looking at working out costed solutions to address flood risk and identifying potential funding for each site

Work is already underway on 28 sites in Norfolk, co-ordinated by the NSFA's Inland Flood Group:

Tranche 1

  • Burgh Road/Beccles Rd, Gorleston
  • Ferry Road, Horning
  • A1101, Welney Wash
  • Necton
  • Burnham Market and North and South Creake
  • Tunstead
  • A140, Long Stratton
  • Norwich Road, Strumpshaw
  • Gayton
  • Watton
  • Saham Toney
  • Mattishall
  • A143 Redenhall
  • Yaxham
  • Kenninghall
  • Cranworth
  • Newport Road / Yarmouth Road, Hemsby

Tranche 2

  • Dereham
  • Thetford
  • Shipdham
  • Brockdish
  • Green Lane, Great & Little Plumstead
  • Pulham St Mary
  • Beatrice Road / Quebec Road, Norwich
  • King's Lynn
  • Station Road, Heacham
  • Horsford
  • Shimpling

A case for change

In addition to work in Norfolk, the NSFA is making a robust case to Government for national change to the planning system and legislation. NSFA is highlighting:

  • The importance of ensuring that development does not exacerbate risk of flooding
  • The need to revisit existing legislation, so there can be further action on how flooding and flood risk is addressed