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Surface Water Management Plan Technical Guidance

This white paper has been prepared by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) of the UK, to help local authorities coordinate and lead local flood risk management activities.

The paper provides a simplified framework for organisations to work together and develop a shared understanding of the most suitable solutions to surface water flooding problems.

The surface water management plan (SWMP) discusses the preferred strategy in a given location.

The SWMP establishes a long-term action plan to manage surface water in an area, and should influence future capital investment, drainage maintenance, public engagement and understanding, land-use planning, emergency planning and future developments.

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