Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 2670977//19
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 wwarden View all by this respondent
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

In this case, the last sentence in particular is noted and it is therefore expected that land and villages which have experienced flooding in the past, and which are still at risk, will not be appropriate for development, Wrington for example. Also, my impression is that NSC has disregarded the potential impacts of rising sea levels. Any increase in sea levels will increase the local flood risk and it could be that the flood defences referred to will not be adequate.

The references to the potential impacts of climate change are minimal, yet the Plan proposes highway and residential development which would probably result in increased traffic movements and related emissions. Climate change will probably result in increased intense rainfall at times and, something which needs to be considered in any coastal area, higher sea levels. This latter point could have a significant impact on North Somerset, not least because it would result in surface water backing up onto the flood plain and surrounding land.

Summary
In this case, the last sentence in particular is noted and it is therefore expected that land and villages which have experienced flooding in the past, and which are still at risk, will not be appropriate for development, Wrington for example. Also, my impression is that NSC has disregarded the potential impacts of rising sea levels. Any increase in sea levels will increase the local flood risk and it could be that the flood defences referred to will not be adequate.
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