Details of our standing advice for low risk planning applications and prior approval for changes of use permitted by class J or M of Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended).
Standing Advice is a tool to help local planning authorities (LPAs) establish the level of environmental risk involved with planning applications, and deal with low risk applications without the need to consult the Environment Agency directly.
This allows us to focus our efforts on higher risk developments. We continue to provide case by case advice on developments that are classed as high risk by the Standing Advice.
Advantages of Standing Advice
- consultations with us are faster
- our responses will be more consistent
Standing Advice forms an important part of the government's reform of the planning system. It delivers faster and more consistent decisions while continuing to give full consideration to possible environmental effects.
So far we have developed Standing Advice on development and flood risk for England. Flood risk standing advice doesn’t apply in Wales.
Flood risk standing advice (FRSA) for England
Flood risk is an issue that you need to consider if you are planning a new development, whether a home extension or even a change of use.
In response to changes to permitted development rights we will be reviewing and updating our flood risk standing advice. The requirement for the assessment of flood risk remains and our advice continues to reflect this.
The LPA will make a decision on whether a development is suitable. The Environment Agency helps in this process by providing advice, either on a case by case basis, or for lower risk development via a series of standard comments known as 'standing advice'.
This FRSA was valid from April 2012.
Flood risk standing advice (FRSA) for local planning authorities
LPAs can download our interactive tool to help decide when to consult us, what the consultation should contain, and how to make a decision on lower risk sites.
Flood map for planning (rivers and sea)
To make sense of this advice you need to know what flood zone the proposed development is in. You should use our flood map for planning (rivers and sea) to do this.
LPAs should refer to the Environment Agency’s flood map for planning (rivers and sea) (previously called flood map) already supplied on CD. The dark blue area on a flood map for planning (rivers and sea) is equivalent to flood zone 3; the light blue area is equivalent to flood zone 2 (England only).
If you have any comments about flood risk standing advice please contact your local planning liaison team or email us at email@example.com