The Solent Forum

Working in partnership for the future

Solent Catchment Hub

Solent blue infrastructure network
The Solent's Blue Infrastructure Network. © Natural England
Solent blue infrastructure network
The Solent's Blue Infrastructure Network. © 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 (RBMP) and Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMP)

River basin management plans (RBMPs) set out how organisations, stakeholders and communities will work together to improve the water environment. The South East river basin district covers over 10,200km2 and extends from Hampshire in the west to Kent in the east. It includes East and West Sussex, the Isle of Wight and parts of Wiltshire and Surrey. In total over 3.5 million people live and work in the south east, which is densely populated and includes the major urban centres of Southampton, Portsmouth, Ashford, Brighton and Hove.

FRMPs set out how to manage significant flood risk in nationally identified flood risk areas, of which there are two in the Solent area - Southampton and Portsmouth. 

These plans also help to direct and deliver Environment Agency investment programmes.

RBMP Consultation

The Environment Agency must review and update RBMPs every six years. Their review and update of the current RBMPs is underway and the consultation of the draft RBMPs is open for responses. It runs from 22 October 2021 to 22 April 2022. To have your say, please follow the link below:

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.

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.