A guidance note released by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and charity the National Flood Forum (NFF) aims to help local authorities in England deal with flood risk when producing local plans and deciding planning applications.
The authors said it "complements" the NPPF, alongside which DCLG issued a technical note on flood risk.
The key recommendations of the ABI/NFFare:
- Ensure strong relationships with technical experts on flood risk, within the Local Authority and further afield;
- Consider flooding from all sources, taking account of climate change;
- Take potential impacts on drainage infrastructure seriously;
- Ensure that flood risk is mitigated to acceptable levels (not more than a 1% annual probability of flooding) for proposed developments, and share information on this;
- Make sure Local Plans take account of all relevant costs and are regularly reviewed.
Download the ABI/NFF Advice Note