Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 11197185//21
Document Section 1. North Somerset Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Document Potential new policy areas Q48. Do you have any views on our intended approach to flood risk? View all on this section
Respondent Long Ashton Parish Council View all by this respondent
Response Date 15 Nov 2018
Comment

Whilst the intended policy may increase available land, the risk of flooding becomes related to the risk that the defences may be breached. That risk is not easily quantified, particularly when climate change uncertainties are considered.  The consequences of the defences being breached should be considered and taken into account in granting planning permission.  Simple measures such as increasing the height of the ground floor above general ground level should be considered.

Flood assessments need to be undertaken on a cumulative basis. SUDs may not be appropriate in all circumstances and a more highly engineered solution may be required.

Summary
Whilst the intended policy may increase available land, the risk of flooding becomes related to the risk that the defences may be breached. That risk is not easily quantified, particularly when climate change uncertainties are considered. The consequences of the defences being breached should be considered and taken into account in granting planning permission.Flood assessments need to be undertaken on a cumulative basis. SUDs may not be appropriate in all circumstances.
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