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What is a Flood Risk Assessment?

A Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) is quite simply an assessment of the risk of flooding; although it is generally in relation to whether a particular site is suitable for development for residential, commercial or industrial land use.

With the publication of the ‘National Planning Policy Framework’ (NPPF) in March 2012 it became a requirement that all affected planning applications be accompanied by a site-specific flood risk assessment.

The Technical Guidance to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF-TG) provides additional guidance to ensure the effective implementation of the planning policy as set out in the NPPF and retains key elements of Planning Policy Statement 25: Development and Flood Risk

The NPPF-TG requires a site-specific flood risk assessment (FRA) to assess the risk to a development Site and demonstrate how flood risk from all sources of flooding to the development itself and flood risk to others will be managed now, and taking climate change into account.

The NPPF-TG requires that planning applications should be accompanied by a Flood Risk Assessment for sites located within areas known to be at risk of flooding (Flood Zones 2 and 3) and for all sites where the area of the proposed development is greater than 1 hectare.

Completion of a Flood Risk Assessment is also a mandatory requirement under the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The type of FRA you may need will depend upon the risk of flooding at your site and where you are in terms of your development proposals. If you have no firm proposals and only want to ascertain the development potential of a site then a Level 1 – Screening Study is recommended.

However if you are considering submitting a Planning Application then it is generally recommended to go straight into a Level 2 – Scoping Study.

Whatever stage your development is at we are able to advise the most appropriate FRA for your needs, so please do not hesitate to contact us. If available, the following information would be useful to us in determining your needs:

  • Site address
  • Topographical Survey (to ordnance datum)
  • Any proposed drawings
  • Any site investigations already completed
  • Copies of any correspondence with the Environment Agency
  • Any further information pertinent to the development