Flood and drainage risk

Policy justification

Refer to paragraph 10 in the National Planning Policy Framework.

Environment Agency advice

Sequential and exception tests

Developers need to evidence that sequential or exception tests have been used in selecting a site. Permission will be refused if you do not provide this information.

Standing advice

The Environment Agency has prepared a matrix confirming when to consult them. It shows the environmental risks of an application. This matrix also includes local standing advice for areas within Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon. We can process low risk applications without consulting the Environment Agency.

Surface water drainage for small scale developments

Surface water run-off from impermeable surfaces such as roofs, driveways and patios must be contained within a development.

Strategic flood risk assessment

The assessment helps us consider flood risk as a planning issue and also when designing highway drainage schemes and preparing for emergencies.