The River Lugg Internal Drainage Board

The River Lugg Internal Drainage Board is one of the 112 Internal Drainage Boards in England and we are a member of the Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA).

The 112 IDBs in England cover 1.2 million hectares (9.7% England’s landmass) and they play a key role in reducing flood risk to over 600,000 people and nearly 900,000 properties. They operate and maintain over 500 pumping stations, 22,000 km of watercourse, 175 automatic weed screen cleaners and numerous sluices and weirs. for information on other IDB's within England click here.

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About the River Lugg Internal Drainage Board

The River Lugg Internal Drainage Board is responsible for water level management and watercourse maintenance in a defined geographical area which encompasses low-lying land within the catchments of the Rivers Lugg, Arrow, Frome and Worm Brook. This area of rich agricultural land is dependent upon well-maintained drainage systems.


The River Lugg Internal Drainage Board's rateable area comprises 11,171 ha. with 219 km. of scheduled watercourses, which are generally arterial watercourses with more than one riparian owner. Most of these watercourses are subject to regular maintenance with the others receiving attention on a less regular basis, as required.

The largest urban development within the district is the town of Leominster, parts of which are at risk of flooding, with smaller flood-prone settlements at Pembridge, Eardisland, Bodenham, Wellington, Withington Marsh and Hampton Bishop.


The Board is represented on the co-ordinating committee of the Herefordshire Flood Risk Partnership, the body responsible for developing and implementing a local flood risk management strategy.

The prior written consent of the Board is required if it is proposed to erect any structure in or within 9m of the top of the bank of any watercourse under the control of the Board (please refer to the Byelaws). The Board’s consent is required for any proposal which is likely to affect drainage into one of the Board’s watercourses, however far the proposed structure is from a watercourse within the Boards area.

To Complete a Land Drainage Consent Form, click here