Preliminary flood risk assessment

What are PFRAs?

The Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment provides a high level overview of flood risk from local flood sources, including surface water, groundwater, Ordinary Watercourses and canals.  The methodology for producing this PFRA has been based on the Environment Agency’s Final PFRA Guidance and Defra’s Guidance on selecting Flood Risk Areas.

The (PFRA) is a document and a supporting spreadsheet assessing local flood risk, prepared by Cheshire East Council to meet its duties to manage local flood risk and deliver the requirements of the Flood Risk Regulations (2009) and the Floods and Water Management Act (2010).

The Sustainable Communities Scrutiny Committee considered the PFRA report on 7 July 2011.  The main document and all appendices can be downloaded from the Minutes of the Sustainable Communities Scrutiny Committee.

The preliminary flood risk assessment (PFRA) and flood risk areas (FRAs) for Cheshire East Council were reviewed during 2017, using all relevant current flood risk data and information. This was approved for issue by the Environment Agency early 2018.

This addendum by Cheshire East Council (2017) updates the council’s preliminary flood risk assessment report published in 2011. Read the addendum in conjunction with the preliminary assessment report.

The addendum to the original document is hosted on

The  PFRA addendum identifies Macclesfield as a Flood Risk Area (FRA), which now forms part of the Flood Risk Management Plan (FRMP).

Flood Risk Management Plans

What are FRMPs?

They are strategic plans that have measures (actions) in them for the flood risk areas identified in 2017 for surface water flooding and in 2018 for main river and sea flooding. The Environment Agency are working closely with lead local flood authority (LLFA) colleagues and with risk management authorities (RMAs) to produce them.

What is happening?

Draft second cycle flood risk management plans (FRMPs) for England to cover the period from 2021 – 2027 are currently being developed.

The Environment Agency consultation on the FRMP2 document includes a number of measures for the Macclesfield area. This consultation will run between October 2021 to January 2022 on their online Environment Agency consultation hub.

Page last reviewed: 21 October 2021