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Leicester - United Kingdom

Climate change impacts

UK Climate Projections 2009 data for the East Midlands suggests that, under a medium emissions scenario, by the 2050s the region may see: an increase in summer mean temperature of around 2.5ºC and of winter temperatures of around 2.2ºC; a 14% increase in winter mean precipitation; a 16% decrease in summer mean precipitation.

Main motivation for taking adaptation action

The long term vision for Leicester City Council is to prevent the risks of climate change through a programme of successful risk management and climate change adaptation. The Local Climate Impacts Profile report estimated that severe weather events including heavy rain, storms, drought and heatwaves had cost Leicester City Council £3.56m over an 8-year period. This provides an incentive to take action towards climate change adaptation in order to avoid future costs and impacts on the city.

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
Yes, we have an adaptation strategy
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan
Date of strategy/plan approval
Nov 01, 2013
Summary of the strategy/plan
Since being published in 2013, Leicester's Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan has been monitored and updated with new City Council actions. It will continue to be monitored on an annual basis and will include actions to reduce the risk of flooding, summer heat waves, increased average temperatures, and low summer water availability. The Adaptation Action Plan can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.

Planned adaptation actions

As part of the Action Plan, 22 different projects have been developed that include, but are not limited to, developing a Surface Water Management Plan, adopting Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems, mapping drainage assets, improving the storm sewer network, shading the urban environment, inspecting tree stock, and developing a city-wide drought plan.

Good practice / spotlight item

Leicester Flood Risk Management Strategy
Leicester is specifically at risk to flooding, with 26 identified surface water flood risk hotspots. The Local Flood Risk Management Strategy has been developed to target this and contains an action plan that details the more specific adaptation measures that will be taken to target both fluvial and pluvial flood risk. These include physical measures such as a conveyance project on the River Soar, strategic measures like working with our emergency services to ensure that services would still operate effectively in the case of a flood event, and an engagement programme with residents in flood risk areas. The Strategy can be found here.
Sustainable Urban Drainage landscaping has been implemented near the National Space Centre to minimise flood risk.

Climate change impacts

  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Droughts
  • Flooding
  • Storms

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Buildings
  • Biodiversity
  • Financial
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Water Management


Sir Peter Soulsby


340000 inhabitants

Contact person

Louise Buckley
Senior Environmental Consultant (Climate Change)


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Aug 29, 2014

Last Update

Oct 18, 2016

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