The response strategy set out in the following report has been designed to fit an approach which seeks to adaptively manage waterbodies within a more naturally functioning flood plain over a long time horizon (50 to 80 years). It is further conditioned by compliance with existing legislation such as the Water Framework Directive. It has twin dimensions in that it is targeted, i.e. focused on the protection and enhancement of those existing good quality sites that have the greatest chance of retaining freshwater habitat over the long term. But it also seeks to uniformly prevent, as far as is feasible, any further deterioration of any of the existing waterbodies. In short, it aims to combine efficiency, effectiveness and prudence principles.