With the commencement of section 1 of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, Sutton Council has been given the power to designate structures or features with a significant impact on flood risk from ordinary watercourses, surface water flooding and groundwater.

What does designation mean?

Designation means that a specific structure or feature is highlighted as having a significant flood protection function. Once a designation has been issued, that structure or feature cannot be altered, removed, or replaced without the consent of the designating authority. In addition a record of the designation will be put onto the Local Land Charges so that subsequent land owners will be made aware of the designation.

Why designate structures and features?

The purpose of designating features is to highlight the role some features and structures have in reducing flood risk. Most of the time designating a structure indicates that if the structures were removed, or damaged, a number of properties would be at greater risk of property flooding.

What do I need to do?

Should a structure or feature you own be considered for designation, the council will contact you to take you through the designation process.