risk is a serious issue and planners are increasingly
keen to direct new development towards areas with the
lowest risk of flooding. So when sites are brought
forward in areas where there is a higher risk of flooding,
the planning application may be refused if the developer
cannot demonstrate that there are no other suitable
sites within a lower flood risk area.
The importance of assessing and avoiding flood risk
when planning for new development is set out in the
National Planning Policy Framework and the two key
components of this are the Sequential Test and the
This requirement to provide information to the local
planning authority to satisfy the Sequential Test and
the Exception Test needs to be addressed at an early
stage in order to identify and manage any potential
risks and allow projects to proceed with greater certainty
of securing planning permission.
Conservation & Planning has the knowledge and expertise
to prepare the evidence base necessary for the Sequential
Test and the Exception Test.