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Local Plan Review Evidence

Flood risk

Evidence we've gathered relating to flood risk in Swale for the local plan review.

Sequential Test

The Local Plan Review will need to allocate enough land to meet the Borough’s future development needs. The National Planning Policy Framework is clear that inappropriate development in areas at risk of flooding should be avoided by directing development away from areas at highest risk. Where development is necessary in such areas, the development should be made safe for its lifetime without increasing flood risk elsewhere. To achieve this, local plans should apply a sequential, risk-based approach to the location of development and the first step in doing so is to apply the sequential test (1MB PDF).

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (March 2020)

A Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) has been completed for Swale Borough Council by JBA Consulting (March 2020). The SFRA will be used to:

* inform the plan-making process, in particular the choice of allocations, following the sequential approach

* assist Development Management decisions

* assist Developers in the preparation of Flood Risk Assessments

* help prioritise and target improvements to flood defences and prepare for flood emergencies

The draft SFRA was reported to the Local Plan Panel on 27th November 2019.

Following the panel meeting, we have published the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment report and appendices on our website.