Bristol Avon Flood Strategy consultation

Closed 20 Dec 2020

Opened 5 Oct 2020

Feedback updated 22 Apr 2021

We asked

We sought feedback from the local community and stakeholder groups on the Bristol Avon Flood Strategy.  We received 576 responses to the consultation which took place between 5 October 2020 and 20 December 2020.

The first three weeks of the consultation were dedicated to contacting those who are currently at risk of flooding - this was done directly via mail so that they had an early opportunity to comment and organise to speak to us if they wished to.  This included both businesses and residents who received an information booklet and survey and a covering letter offering conversations.  This included those impacted further downstream and upstream in neighbouring authorities.  The consultation was then opened up more widely from 26 October 2020.

The focus of both parts of the consultation was to secure responses from those in areas most impacted.  Whilst views from across the city and from neighbouring authorities were welcome, promotion was specifically targeted at the areas most impacted.

You said

Please read the following documents providing the public feedback to the consultation:

Bristol Avon Flood Strategy consultation report

SEA consultation report

We did

Please read the document below providing our response to the public feedback:

You Said, We Did - Consultation responses and outcomes

The Strategy was endorsed by Cabinet on 9 March 2021.


Bristol City Council and the Environment Agency are working together to deliver a long-term plan to better protect homes and businesses from flooding and enhance the river for all.

Bristol was built on the River Avon, and as a result became a gateway to the world. Our city grew and prospered because of its riverside location, and the engineering that made it possible is celebrated today.

But having a river at the heart of the city comes with challenges we need to plan for, especially as climate change and rising sea levels increase the risk of flooding.

While we cannot prevent floods from occurring, we have been working on a long-term plan to address what happens when they do. Our ambition is for a strategy that works for Bristol year-round, not just when the river floods. By designing defences that improve public spaces, we will provide new green spaces, better access to the river, enhanced heritage features, and improved transport connections.

By using this approach, we can protect Bristol and create a more active, sustainable and resilient city.

If you would like this information in another language, Braille, audio tape, large print, easy English, BSL video or CD rom or plain text please contact us by emailing or calling 07775 115 909.

We are also happy to arrange phone calls or online meetings – if you’d like to talk to us please contact us on the details above leaving your name and contact details – someone will then get back to you to arrange a suitable time.

Please read a summary of the draft strategy and give your views of the flood strategy in the Online Survey

You can read the full strategy technical report consultation draft here. You can also read all the supporting evidence here.


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