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Flood and Water Management Act 2010

Section 12: Effect of national and local strategies: Wales

56.Subsection (1) requires the Welsh risk management authorities, in exercising their flood and coastal erosion risk management functions, to act in a manner which is consistent with the national strategy and guidance under section 8. These risk management authorities must also, with the exception of water companies, act consistently with the local flood risk strategies and guidance under section 10.

57.Welsh risk management authorities are required to have regard to the national and local strategies in exercising any other function that may affect a flood risk or coastal erosion risk in Wales (subsection (3)).

58.Subsection (2) requires a water company, when exercising a flood and coastal erosion risk management function in relation to an area in Wales, to have regard to the local strategies and guidance.

59.A cross-border internal drainage board for an internal drainage district that is mainly in England but partly in Wales, must act consistently with local strategies and guidance for that part of their district which is in Wales. However, they need only have regard to the national strategy and guidance for Wales under section 8. This provision does not affect their duties under section 11 in respect of the national strategy for England, which they will have to act consistently with (subsections (4) and (5)).

60.Subsection (6) gives the Welsh Ministers power, by order, to require a specified person to have regard to the strategies and guidance when exercising a statutory function, as defined in subsection (8), which could impact on flood risk or coastal erosion risk in Wales.

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