The Solent Forum

Working in parnership for the future

Solent Catchment Hub

Solent blue infrastructure network
The Blue Infrastructure Network. Map courtesy of Natural England

The Solent's waters are part of a far wider network of water environments, and to manage water related issues effectively we need to take a wholescale approach to the water environment. To help achieve this, the Solent Forum has developed good reciprocal working relationships with the four main river Catchment Partnerships that drain into the Solent's transitional and coastal waters.

The Solent Forum and the four catchment partnerships are currently working on submitting consultation responses to the Environment Agency's River Basin and Flood Risk Management Plan consultations.

River Basin Management and Flood Risk Management Plans

The Environment Agency launched public consultations on draft River Basin Management Plans (dRBMPs) and draft Flood Risk Management Plans (dFRMPs) for each river basin district on 22nd October 2021.

The RBMP sets out how we will work together to manage the challenges that threaten our water environment across all our catchments. FRMPs set out how to manage significant flood risk in nationally identified flood risk areas, of which there are 2 in the Solent area – Southampton and Portsmouth. Consultations on both plans aim to improve shared visions, partnerships and ambition, delivering integrated outcomes and multiple benefits for managing flood risk and the water environment. These plans will set out how we should work together to best manage the water environment for flood risk and ecological health, and will help to direct and deliver investment programmes until 2027.

What this means for you

We’d like to encourage you to take a look and respond to each of the consultations. All input is valued. There is no need to answer every question in the consultations – it is possible to pick and choose to respond to the questions you think make the most of your expertise and knowledge.

To have your say, please follow the links below:
- For RBMPs, go to: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/environment-and-business/draft-river-basin-management-plans before 22 April 2022.

- For FRMPs, go to: https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/fcrm/draft-second-cycle-flood-risk-management-plans before 21 January 2022 – the consultation documents can be found on page 2 of the consultation pages, after you have clicked on the link in the “give us your views” box at the bottom of the initial overview page.

The Solent Forum are helping by hosting further supporting information, drawing out locally relevant information, to help you respond to the consultations, including:

  1. A powerpoint presentation which provides introductory information on the plans, and has supporting notes with locally specific links (where appropriate) in relation to the actual consultation questions.
  2. A list of RBMP Programmes of Measures - actions which are proposed across the South East River Basin District, with some detail relating to catchments which feed into the Solent drawn out. This will help with responses to question 3 of the RBMP consultation.
  3. A list of FRMP Measures - actions which are proposed to manage flood risk across the South East River Basin District (national-level measures), with local measures for the Southampton and Portsmouth Flood Risk Areas.

If you would like any support in navigating the plans, have general questions about the plans or the consultations or would like further information to help support your response, please use the contacts below.

More RBMP information or email: RBMPConsultation@environment-agency.gov.uk. Your local Environment Agency contact is: maxine.holden@environment-agency.gov.uk.

More FRMP information, or email: FRMP.CycleTwo@environment-agency.gov.uk. Your local Environment Agency contact is: louise.dale@environment-agency.gov.uk.