Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
The flood events during the summer of 2007, both across Staffordshire and nationwide, highlight the important role that the planning system has in ensuring the avoidance or mitigation of these risks in future.
Planning guidance (PPS25: Development and Flood Risk) requires District Councils to carry out Strategic Flood Risk Assessments of their Core Strategies. The guidance is less clear about whether County Councils have a similar obligation to carry out a separate assessment, but they do have a duty to ensure that the Minerals and Waste Development Framework, and any quarries or waste management facilities identified within it, do not add to the risk of flooding in the future.
To meet this requirement we prepared a Strategic Flood Risk Scoping Study(SFRSS) in October 2007, setting out the framework for assessing the potential flood implications of strategic site options. The scoping study has been endorsed by the Environment Agency and will contribute to the evidence base for the wider SEA/SA of both policies and potential minerals or waste sites.
A more detailed Strategic Flood Risk Assessment has since been carried out to accompany the publication of the Joint Waste Core Strategy in September 2010, and a similar report will be prepared for the Minerals Core Strategy as it nears completion.
For further information on flood risk issues and the assessment process please contact Andrew Christelow on (01785) 276705; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively write to:
Planning Policy & Development Control
Staffordshire County Council,
tel. 01785 276705