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Planning advice

Flood and drainage risk advice

Environment Agency advice

More information on flood risk and drainage can be found on the GOV.UK website under the following guidance:

Sequential and exception tests

Developers need to provide 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 which shows the potential environmental risks of an application, confirming when they need to be consulted. 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.

Please see our strategic flood risk assessment page for more information.

More information

The above information is based on the following policy guidelines: