Flood risk standing advice for use by planning applicants and their agents in England. Flood risk standing advice does not apply in Wales.
Following the launch of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) we have reviewed and updated our flood risk standing advice.
What you need to do first
Before you formally submit your planning application you should discuss it with the Local Planning Authority and the Environment Agency (call us on 0370 8506506).
Early discussion can save time and money by highlighting where:
- flood risk affects your development
- the Sequential and Exception Tests will be required and the implications of this
- the development type is inappropriate for the proposed location
- the site is at too great a flood risk for development
- inappropriate detailed designs are being considered
- the Environment Agency can provide information to support your Flood Risk Assessment
The Sequential Test is a process that the Local Planning Authority (LPA) must go through to direct development as far as is practicable, to areas at the lowest probability of flooding. The Exception Test will also be applied where the impact of flooding on people or the environment is greatest. Information on both tests is set out in the NPPF and the accompanying practice guide.
What do I need to do for my Flood Risk Assessment?
You will need to carry out a Flood Risk Assessment and submit this as part of your planning application:
Our role at the Environment Agency
We are consultee to the Local Planning Authority on all non-minor planning applications within Flood Zones 2 and 3 and also for anything greater than 1ha in Flood Zone 1. In addition to this we are a consultee for sites that are less than 1ha in Flood Zone 1, and are located in an area identified as having critical drainage problems. Full details of our consultation requirements are available by following the link to the Development Management Procedure Order: