What is a Flood Risk Assessment?
A Flood Risk Assessment is a document which identifies whether the site in question could be susceptible to flooding at present or as a result of future development. It will also determine if any proposed development could cause a risk of flooding to neighbouring properties or areas downstream of the site. A Flood Risk Assessment is a vital part of most Planning Applications.
Preparation of Flood Risk Assessments in accordance with National Planning Policy Framework, Flood Risk Standing Advice includes the following processes:
Do I need a Flood Risk Assessment?
The local planning authority will generally advise whether or not a Flood Risk Assessment is required, either in consultation with the Environment Agency or in accordance with their own policies.
However, as a general rule; if your site is within Flood Zone 2 or 3 you will need a flood risk assessment. If it is outside these zones you may still need one, particularly if the development is over 1ha or in close proximity to a river or other watercourse.
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