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Landscape Advice Note: Historic parks and gardens and changes to reservoir safety legislation

Landowners have statutory responsibilities for the safety of lakes and other large raised water bodies under the Reservoirs Act 1975. The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 (FWMA) will amend the 1975 Act, when implemented, to introduce a risk-based approach to managing reservoir safety.

From 2013 any lakes and water features deemed to be high risk will be included within the full inspection and supervision requirements of the 1975 Act. Some reservoirs will be deregulated under the 2010 Act and the burden of inspections and related costs will be lessened. However in future some smaller lakes and water features may have to be registered, and require inspections and safety work.

English Heritage (now Historic England), with the Environment Agency and the National Trust, has prepared this leaflet to brief owners of historic parks and gardens about their new responsibilities, and issues to consider in the care of these nationally important designed landscapes.

Contents

  • LAKES AND WATER FEATURES OF HISTORIC INTEREST
    Reservoir safety legislation
    Why is reservoir safety legislation changing?
    What are the key changes to the Reservoirs Act?
    How will these changes be implemented?
  • THE UNDERTAKER'S RESPONSIBILITIES AND THE ROLE OF PANEL ENGINEERS
    The Supervising Engineer's role
    The Inspecting Engineer's role
    Reporting
  • OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR OWNERS OF HISTORIC PARKS AND GARDENS
    Dams, spillways, gates and valves
    Water levels, infilling, breaching and de-silting
    Appointing Panel Engineers and other advisors
    Permissions and consents
    Deregulation and low risk status
    Future review of reservoir safety risks
    Sources of funding
  • REFERENCES AND CONTACTS
    Environment Agency contacts
    Web sites for other organisations

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed
  • Product Code: 51818

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