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ADEPT/EA Flood Risk Emergency Plans for New Development

Category: Briefing Notes

Date: 23 September 2019

New joint guidance on flood risk emergency plans for new development

The Environment Agency and the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) have produced some joint guidance on flood risk emergency plans for new development.

The guidance is principally aimed at local authority planners, to help them understand when they should be asking for planning applications to be supported by flood risk emergency plans, and what should be included in them. It encourages local planning authorities to produce their own guidelines and set up local consultation arrangements to ensure emergency plans are fit-for-purpose and receive proper scrutiny. It also provides a framework for them to appraise emergency plans in the absence of such local arrangements.

The guidance will also help developers and their consultants produce suitable emergency plans, and should ensure emergency planners, local resilience forums, the emergency services and other risk management authorities are involved appropriately in the planning process. The guidance aims to support robust consideration of whether proposed development will be safe.

If you have any questions or queries on the guidance, please contact Sam Kipling, Senior Advisor, Resilience and Adaptation, FCRM at [email protected].