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POLICY DS16 - Development and flood risk

  1. Development in all areas at risk of flooding will only be permitted where an appropriate flood risk assessment has been carried out and the proposed development meets all the following criteria:
    1. there are no reasonable alternative locations available in a lower risk zone;
    2. it would not itself be at unacceptable risk from flooding;
    3. it would not exacerbate existing or result in new flood problems or increase the risk of flooding elsewhere;
    4. it would not impede the flow of flood water;
    5. it would not reduce the capacity of the floodplain to store flood water;
    6. it incorporates appropriate minimum standards of flood defence maintainable for the lifetime of the development (for residential development this will include a dry pedestrian and vehicular access);
    7. it would not involve building, fencing or other above ground obstructions within 8 metres from the top of bank of the channel of main river watercourses or 5 metres from top of bank of any watercourse channel; and
    8. it incorporates sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS), where appropriate to limit the rate of surface water run-off from developed areas.
  2. In areas of little or no flood risk, a flood risk assessment may still be required appropriate to the scale of the development, and developers should seek advice from the Environment Agency at the earliest opportunity.

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