The Environment Agency and Town & Country Planning Association have partnered to produce an introductory video on addressing flood risk through the planning system in England. This video explains how and why planning must consider flood risk and explores different options and opportunities.
The role of the Environment Agency in the planning system is to provide flood risk advice to inform the decisions made by local authorities on planned development. This also includes translating the latest climate science to create user friendly guidance on how climate change can affect flood risk in the future. Both decision makers and developers can utilise this guidance.
This video will be useful for local authority planning officers and elected members in England, planning school students and anyone else with an interest in planning for flood risk.
Environment Agency strategy and related resources
The Environment Agency’s national strategy for managing flood and coastal erosion risk.
An explanation of the roles and responsibilities of different organisations in managing flood risk and coastal change.
Site-specific flood risk assessments and climate change
When and how local planning authorities and developers should incorporate climate change allowances into their flood risk assessments.
Find flood information to help determine if a flood risk assessment is required in a planning application. Use the tool to request flood risk assessment data.
Find out when you need to do a flood risk assessment (FRA) as part of a planning application. How to complete a FRA and how it’s processed.
To help LPAs work out when to use standing advice on site-specific flood risk assessments, and when to consult the Environment Agency.
Guidance aimed at local authority planners to help them understand when planning applications should be supported by a flood risk emergency plan, and what should be included in them.
CIRIA guidance on the use of property flood resilience techniques. Includes C790d guidance for local authority planners on its use in planning.
Strategic flood risk assessments
Environment Agency guidance to help LPAs prepare SFRAs to inform local plans
Accompanies the gov.uk guidance and includes good practice examples on the preparation of SFRAs
A list of those applications to which the Environment Agency lodged a flood risk objection. Where the Environment Agency has also recorded the LPA’s decision, the list sets out with the Environment Agency’s advice was followed.
A summary of flood and coastal erosion risk management work carried out by risk management authorities in England.
Relevant planning policies, planning guidance and secondary legislation
Relevant section of the government’s planning policy document.
Government guidance on how implement relevant policies from the National Planning Policy Framework.
Guidance to help LPAs decide when to prepare a water cycle study and what to focus on.
Statutory Instrument which requires LPAs to refer applications for major development to the Secretary of State when they are minded to grant planning permission against Environment Agency flood risk advice.
Statutory Instrument setting out those circumstances when LPAs must consult with the Environment Agency and Lead Local Authority before the grant of planning permission.
Reducing the causes and impacts of flooding – SuDS and natural flood management
Guidance on the design, construction, management and maintenance of good SuDS.
An online community for SuDS pratitioners
A free tool and guidance to help value the benefits of blue-green infrastructure
A member organisation aimed at Lead Local Flood Authorities, with the aim of promoting and developing the use of SuDS
A directory of information about natural flood management, including different techniques and their benefits.
Map showing areas where there may be opportunities to implement natural flood management approaches.
This identifies some (generally small and rural) catchments where measures that slow the flow of water are likely to provide the greatest flood benefits.
Guidance for utilising nature-based solutions to reduce flooding alongside advice on their implementation and potential for securing funding.
A guide to utilising trees and green infrastructure for stormwater management and SuDS applications.
A ‘return on investment’ guide for urban tree planting.
Other relevant guidance and information
A list containing links to all Shoreline Management Plans – plans prepared by coastal groups to identify the most sustainable approach to managing the flood and coastal erosion risks to the coastline over the next century
Guidance aimed at LPAs on how to take integrated approach to water management.
Guidance for neighbourhood planning groups preparing neighbourhood plans.