Flood Risk and the Planning Process

Flooding is a natural process which cannot be prevented entirely, but it can be managed to reduce its social and economic consequences and to safeguard the continued functioning of services and infrastructure. Some locations are already susceptible to intermittent flooding and climate change is expected to worsen the situation. Inadequate drainage infrastructure also increases the risk of flooding.

Planning authorities must take the probability of flooding from all sources – (coastal, fluvial [water course], pluvial [surface water], groundwater, sewers and blocked culverts) and the risks involved into account when preparing development plans and determining planning applications. This does not mean that developments or redevelopments in these affected areas will not be approved, the planning process is there to ensure flooding is materially taken into account in development proposals.

As part of the planning process a Flood Risk Assessment, or a Flood Consequence Assessment in Wales, ensures that developers are aware of the recommendations of the Environment Agency in England, Natural Resources Wales in Wales or the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in Scotland and suggests adequate mitigation measures to ensure that a development is sustainable and safe in terms of flood risk or flood consequence.

From small residential extensions to large employment, residential and office developments, Sanderson Associates have vast experience in providing bespoke, site specific Flood Risk Assessments and Flood Consequence Assessments [Wales] for new developments and also existing facilities.

The Planning Process

At every stage of the planning process, we provide our Clients with valuable advice and guidance on flood resilient design so as to reduce the impact of flooding. We have an excellent working relationship with the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and work collaboratively to facilitate the development of sound and sustainable buildings in compliance with the National Planning Policy Framework; TAN 15 (Wales) and SPP (Scotland) Scottish Planning Policy all of which currently regulate new development in areas of flood risk.

Whether it is a domestic extension, new dwelling or major residential, retail or employment development, we can provide the necessary assessment to go with your planning application. Our wide client base includes Hospital Trusts, Fire Authorities, Councils, major Supermarket chains, Architects and housing developers through to smaller private developers and domestic Clients.

Flood Risk Assessment

A data sheet detailing the Flood Risk Assessment and Flood Consequence Assessment Services that we offer is available to view, in PDF format, by clicking on the image on the left.

 

Business Continuity

We also provide site specific flood risk assessments for existing business and domestic premises where current facilities face risk of flooding from any source and can provide a comprehensive report on risk to property.

Our assessments include a full breakdown of mitigation measures to reduce flood risk and we provide assistance to Clients in designing and sourcing the most cost effective ways of protecting their development, business or home. We continually work to facilitate and expedite the planning process as much as possible for all our Clients.

Request a Fee Proposal

We would welcome the opportunity to provide you with a competitive fee proposal, simply call Sanderson Associates on 01924 844080 and ask to speak to a member of our Flood Risk Team or click here to complete our secure online form.


What our Clients' say:

Steve Wright, Architect, Flood Risk Assessment – Residential

Thu 5 June 2014

Just a note to thank you for your prompt and efficient service providing the Flood Risk Assessment. It is the second time I have used your company for the provision of an FRA to be included within a Planning Application. I can say that your company, and yourself on this occasion, have been very professional(...)

Gareth King, Architect, Pozzoni LLP, Flood Risk Assessment – National Water Sports Centre

Wed 5 February 2014

Sanderson Associates were appointed to assist with the discussions and objections we were having with the Environment Agency for various planning applications at the National Water Sports Centre. Sanderson Associates produced detailed Flood Risk Assessments and liaised with various departments of the Environment Agency to overcome the difficulties we were facing at this flood prone(...)

Stewart Rowe, Principal, The Planning & Design Bureau Ltd

Tue 28 January 2014

Sanderson Associates were instructed late in the day to produce a Flood Risk Assessment to accompany an existing planning application for residential redevelopment (46 units) of green field land in Essex. This required the modelling of flood events along a Main River and the need to demonstrate that the risk to life and property had(...)

Andrew Bellas, Developer, Siddalls Property Ltd, Flood Risk Assessment, Industrial Development

Wed 11 December 2013

Thanks for your help and professionalism in preparing the FRA to support this project. Your tact and tenacity, when dealing with the local authority, paid off. Great service.

Ray Forsyth (Architect), Flood Risk Assessment, Retail Development

Thu 21 November 2013

On time, Within Budget, Good staff liaison, a job well done.

Kerry Taylor, Kerry Taylor Auctions – Flood Risk Assessment

Fri 18 October 2013

Sanderson Associates were efficient, great value for money (especially compared to some of the London firms) and really nice people to deal with. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Andrew Watt MRICS, MAZE Planning Solutions – Flood Risk Assessment

Wed 11 September 2013

An efficient and responsive service that ensured submission of a robust Flood Risk Assessment which quickly secured Environment Agency support and holds the key to retrospective approval of development that forms an important part of an established hotel business.

Chris Bicknell, Architect – Flood Risk Assessment

Fri 23 August 2013

Thank you for a very efficient and comprehensive service to provide the information. We will let you know how the application progresses and whether we need to take further advice. Hopefully we can work together on future schemes.

Eliot Baker, D & C Solutions – Flood Risk Assessment

Tue 18 June 2013

We commissioned Sanderson Associates to undertake a Flood Risk Assessment in support of a planning application. The Assessment was a well presented, professional report, particularly since it had to be provided in such a short timescale. Overall, it was a very friendly, professional & efficient service.

Andy Hey, Planning Consultant – Flood Risk Assessment, Residential Development

Wed 5 June 2013

Problem for my Client in a Flood Zone 2 situation very pleased with Sanderson’s Site Specific FRA which satisfied the Environment Agency fully.

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