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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 31/10/2006
DRAFT STRATEGIC FLOOD RISK ASSESSMENT



Summary & Purpose
The purpose of the report is to present the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) document (See Annexe 1) and explain its relationship with the Core Strategy of the Local Development Framework .

APPENDIX B
Waverley Borough Council

Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee
31ST OCTOBER 2006

executive - 31ST OCTOBER 2006

Title:

DRAFT STRATEGIC FLOOD RISK ASSESSMENT
[Wards Affected: All]

Summary and purpose:

The purpose of the report is to present the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) document (See Annexe 1) and explain its relationship with the Core Strategy of the Local Development Framework .

Environmental implications:

The implications are that the SFRA will assist in the identification of areas of the Borough at risk from flooding.

Social / community implications:

The social and community implications are that the SFRA will identify those flood areas which should be avoided for housing and community uses.

E-Government implications:

There are no E-Government implications.

Resource and legal implications:

There has been close consultation with the Environment Agency on the production of the document

The Reason for the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

1. The “Draft Planning Policy Statement 25:Development and Flood Risk”, stipulates that a SFRA must be carried out as a part of all local development documents in the Local Development Framework. Therefore there must be a SFRA for the Core Strategy. This requirement was only published in December 2005, at the same time as the Core Strategy was approved by the Council for submission to the Secretary of State. As members will be aware, submission of the Core Strategy was delayed in order that the Council could undertake the production of the Appropriate Assessment and the Miniplan. As well as producing the Appropriate Assessment and Miniplan, officers have carried out the SFRA (see Annexe 1).

2. The Core Strategy was submitted at the end of July 2006. At that time, the SFRA had not been completed. The work has now been undertaken so that the SFRA will be considered at the Examination. There has been intensive consultation throughout the preparation of the SFRA with the Environment Agency. There will be a consultation period with the main bodies concerned with flooding, following this committee.

The Content of the SFRA

3. The SFRA deals with the significance of flooding in the Borough. The different types of flooding are considered and also the flood zones are identified by the Environment Agency. The Sequential Test and the Exceptions Test are also explained. These are ways of testing whether proposed development in locations where flooding may occur is acceptable. Then there are three stages of analysis: the screening study; the scoping study and the detailed study, all looking at the impact of flooding. Then there are final considerations as required by PPS25, dealing largely with existing flood defences and new infrastructure. Lastly, Policy CP7 in the Core Strategy is considered. The Policy was derived from guidance given by the Environment Agency but they have since made further comments on it during the post submission stage of the Core Strategy. These are included in this SFRA document.

The outcome of the SFRA

4. The outcome of the SFRA for the Core Strategy is that the chosen option of focusing development in sustainable locations in the urban areas and development appropriate to the needs of rural communities can be implemented, while avoiding areas that flood. There are only two sites in the Urban Housing Potential Study that are in the flood zones: Borough Road/Charterhouse Road Godalming and East Street Farnham and satisfactory measures can be taken for both sites that will mitigate flooding.

5. The Core Strategy Policy CP7, as amended by the Environment Agency, will meet the requirements set out in the SFRA, particularly with regard to sustainable drainage systems.

Conclusion

6. There is no conflict between the SFRA and the Core Strategy.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee recommends to the Executive that the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment be approved.

Background Papers (DoPD)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.
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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Geraldine Molony Telephone: 01483 523296
E-mail: gmolony@waverley.gov.uk

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