A Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment of the borough has been completed on behalf of the council by consultants and approved by the Environment Agency. The study assesses the flood risk from all types of flooding in the borough, taking into account the existing climate and predicted changes in the climate.
The Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) has been carried out in line with Government planning policy (Planning Policy Guidance Note 25: Development and Flood Risk) which emphasises the responsibility of Local Planning Authorities to consider flood risk in allocating future development.
The aim of the SFRA is to enable the council to consider the flood risk from all types of flooding to and which result from potential development, taking into account climate change.
The study will be used as background information to inform policies in the Local Development Framework and the Sustainability Appraisal. It provides guidance to the council on applying the sequential and exception test. These tests seek firstly to guide new development to the area of lowest flood risk and secondly if development has to go in areas of higher flood risk, to reduce the impact .
The SFRA also provides information for development control and the development industry in relation to planning applications, including the requirements for site specific Flood Risk Assessments (FRA) and guidance on the design of sustainable drainage systems (SuDs).
The information in the SFRA is also important for emergency planning to identify where vulnerable members of the community and institutions may be at risk. The SFRA was reported to the meeting of Cabinet Planning and Transportation Panel on 15 July 2009. The Assessment and appendices can be viewed below:
The SFRA should be regarded as a living document as new data is becoming available all the time. The flood zone maps for the borough are regularly updated by the Environment Agency (see links below) Please note that these do not differentiate between Flood Zone 3a and Flood Zone 3b. If the site lies in Flood Zone 3 you will need to determine whether the site is located in Flood Zone 3a or Flood Zone 3b in order to determine the suitability of the location for a proposed development. You will therefore need to refer to the SFRA and /or contact the Environment Agency's External Relations team at firstname.lastname@example.org.