The Friston Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) is a detailed study of surface water flood risk in the area. This has been achieved using a digital hydraulic model which is able to predict how water behaves in various storm events. We have used the flood event from the 6th October 2019 to verify the accuracy of this model, and ensure that the predictions that it makes are realistic and accurate. Our model extent stretches over the entire surface water catchment which enables us to gain a better understanding of risk across the whole area, rather than just Friston village in isolation. The SWMP is a tool which can be used to assess current risk, inform planning decisions, and identify what could be done to reduce flood risk in the area. Full details of the information and methodology used in the SWMP can be found in the reporting.

Our intention was to present these reports to the residents of Friston and facilitate a question and answer session. In accordance with current government guidance on meeting in large groups, this is not possible. Instead, we ask that you send any questions to Friston Parish Council ( who have kindly offered to collate questions on behalf of residents and forward them to the Flood & Water Management Team at Suffolk County Council. Please ensure the subject of any email containing questions is titled ‘Friston SWMP Questions’ to aid the Parish Clerk. We will answer these questions in a Frequently Asked Questions format on this webpage. Please check back regularly for updates. Please note, we will not answer questions relating to Scottish Power Renewables (SPR) proposed development.

Friston SWMP Documents


Questions will be answered here once they are submitted.