Broadland Futures Initiative

The Broadland Futures Initiative (BFI) is a partnership for future flood risk management in the Broadland area.

Our main goal is to agree a framework for future flood risk management that better copes with our changing climate and rising sea level. The focus will be on what happens from the mid-2020s onwards, however we need to start planning now to secure support and make well-informed decisions.

Flooding can affect many aspects of community life in our area; tourism, recreation, the natural environment, agriculture and where we live and work can all suffer adverse impacts as a result of flooding. The Initiative will make sure that these interlinked interests are all considered, with the full involvement of local communities and other stakeholders.

What area are we interested in?

Flooding aerial © mike page

The Broadland landscape is a rich mosaic of wetland habitats, farmland, winding waterways, towns, villages and historic features, coastal beaches, dunes and low sandy cliffs. At its heart is the Broads National Park. The rivers flowing into and through this area drain around two thirds of Norfolk and much of north east Suffolk. Due to the low-lying nature of the area, these rivers are also significantly influenced by the tides.

This area abuts with the sea in many ways. From cliffs on the North Norfolk coast, adjoining low level land protected by a sea wall, to the urban areas of Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and neighbouring settlements. With changing sea levels all of these parts of the coast can be vulnerable to impacts from the sea in the same way that intense rainfall may rush down the river valleys to the coastal towns.

Landscape has been influenced and shaped over thousands of years by natural processes and by the way people have lived and worked. Rising sea levels and a changing climate make the area increasingly vulnerable to the risks of flooding and erosion, with the local environment and economy increasingly reliant on flood defences.

The partnership - Who’s involved?

The Initiative has been set up by organisations responsible for managing coastal and inland flood risk. The Environment Agency have the lead responsibility and will be working with Natural England, County Councils, Internal Drainage Boards, Broads Authority and National Farmers Union. The Broads Authority will support the Initiative Project Team and governance arrangements.

The BFI will also work in partnership with local communities and other stakeholders to identify the way forward. This will be a democratic process, with local politicians making the core decisions in order to agree a framework for future flood risk management that better copes with our changing climate.

The decisions made must be acceptable for our local communities, for the environment, and also be technically possible and affordable. The cost of future flood risk management will require local as well as government funds, and we will also need to identify where the money will come from.

What work has been done to date?

flooding at geldeston

A review of current flood management policy for this area was carried out in 2016. The review used existing information including projections for changes in the environment, technology and funding. It also identified areas where more evidence is needed. These now need to be shared with a wider group of stakeholders alongside establishing a governance structure to support the review of flood risk management in the area.

Get involved

Online Survey 2021

We would be grateful if you could take the time to fill in our online survey. This will be live from 18 January until 11 April, allowing you plenty of time to get your views across.

Now more than ever, without the ability to meet face to face, an online survey provides a vital tool for us to hear as many of your views as possible.

This early phase is about hearing from our stakeholders and local communities, regarding their priorities in a world where climate change might affect us in many ways including through the risk of flooding. This online survey also represents the next step and the beginning of tailoring our engagement approach to specific groups. Building on this survey, we will look to focus our attention on particular topics and groups to understand in more depth the likely challenges posed by future climate change and flooding, and the possible consequences of different flood risk management interventions. For example this could include those at higher flood risk, and those with certain perspectives such as farming, recreation, business, conservation, and the youth sector.

As the lifecycle of the project progresses we will continue to undertake focused engagement to ensure that the community remains at the heart of the BFI strategy. To have you say and to help us represent you  - please click the link below to take part:

BFI Virtual Exhibition 2021

This year due to the Coronavirus pandemic our virtual exhibition has replaced our face to face engagement that we would undertake in normal circumstances. We will look to resume these events in the future, but we need to follow the government guidance to keep us all safe. Our virtual exhibition hosts a suite of information, from videos, posters, to helpful FAQ’s and much more.

To take a look around the virtual exhibition please click the following link: (available from 18 January to 11 April)

Virtual Village Hall Events

We will be hosting a series of virtual village hall events tailored for anyone to attend and listen to our project team speak about the Broadland Futures Initiative. We will be providing a presentation on the BFI along with an opportunity to submit questions via the app. (No downloads are required, upon booking you will be provided with a link via email to click and join)

To book your “virtual seat” at one of the following events please click here: https://www.trybooking.co.uk/XSM

  • 17 February 2021- 19:30-20:15
  • 10 March 2021 - 19:30-20:15
  • 24 March 2021 – 19:30-20:15

Respond by phone or by post

Whilst we are unable to be side by side with you, due to the current government guidance concerning Covid-19, we are offering the opportunity to book a slot for a phone call with a member of the project team to ask questions, to go through the survey or just generally speak about the project. A limited number of slots will be available per week, to book your slot please email info@broadland-futures.org.uk.

Request a postal copy of the survey questionnaire by contacting us by email: info@broadland-futures.org.uk

You can also download from our webpage a printable copy of the survey form and send us your response by post to:

Broadland Futures Initiative
c/o Broads Authority,
Yare House,
62-64 Thorpe Road,
Norwich, Norfolk
NR1 1RY

Read the Study Reports

Infographic showing the different BFI study reports which are linked below

Study reports will inform the wider BFI strategy. Please find the current reports below:

Interactive Story Maps

Please feel free to explore our interactive story maps below, with multimedia content combining maps, narrative text, and images to explore both the impact of flood risk management and future climate change within the plan area.”

Online Flood Modelling Survey

We wish to continue to keep stakeholders and communities at the heart of the BFI project and so we are inviting the public to contribute to our latest computer-based flood modelling. New flood models are complex and this process is likely to take some time. However, all flood models require calibration and validation using real-world observations. Here, is where would love to hear from you. If you wish to find out how you can contribute or to share information that you are aware of locally, we invite you to click the link below and have your say in our online survey.

The survey ran from 28 February 2020 and closed on the 29 March 2020, results will be shared on our webpage and at our public consultations later this year.

Broadland Futures Initiative Newsletter

We want to communicate with as many of you as possible. All of the organisations involved in the BFI partnership believe strongly in community engagement, value your input, experience and local knowledge.

Through our recent survey we found that the most preferred method of keeping you all informed is via email and through our web page. Here we will host our newsletter and other content as we progress. We will make announcements on forthcoming public events and share details on how best to get involved.

Enter your details in the sign up form if you wish to join the Broadland Futures Initiative mailing list.

Initiative Project Team Meeting Minutes

Please click the links below to access minutes of our Initiative Project Team Meetings. If you have any further queries please get in touch via the contact details shown at the bottom of this page.

Parish Council Meetings

Download the minutes of our recent meeting with members of Somerton Parish Council and Horsey Parish Council to talk all things flood modelling.

Links

  • Project leaflet
  • Privacy notice - We have recently updated our privacy notice to ensure our continued compliance with General Data Protection Regulations 2018. Click on the link to read our privacy notice and to view our full policy wording via the links within the document.

Press releases

Contact the Broadland Futures Initiative Team

Before contacting us, please feel free to read our Frequently Asked Questions document where you may find the answer you are looking for.

If you wish to be kept informed about the project or still have any questions you can get in touch with the Broadland Futures Initiative using the contact details below.

Broadland Futures Initiative
c/o Broads Authority,
Yare House,
62-64 Thorpe Road,
Norwich, Norfolk
NR1 1RY

info@broadland-futures.org.uk