Local Plan 2036: Issues and Options Stage

Comment ID 21472033//12
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 Dave Akam - David Lock Associates View all by this respondent
Response Date 10 Dec 2018
Comment

HLM strongly support the view of NSC that development in areas benefitting from flood defence is inherently sustainable and of a wide benefit that outweighs flood risk. HLM would also commend any future policy support of the fact that defended land is not at the same risk of flooding as the high risk flood zone it is otherwise categorized within.
The Land East of Clevedon benefits from flood defence, and thus HLM consider that the WoE JSP sustainability appraisal process applied unjust weight to Land East of Clevedon’s flood zone designation. HLM will be strongly contesting the recently amended WoE JSP sustainability appraisal in the January 2019 consultation and in the eventual plan examination.
In respect of Land at Clevedon, technical assessment has been undertaken as part of the preparation of an Outline Flood Risk and Drainage Appraisal (and submitted as part of our representations to the JSP). The assessment work has concluded that a series of practical flood mitigation measures can be implemented to protect the site from flooding and that development will not place an undue risk of exacerbating flooding to adjoining land and, in addition, would deliver Flood Risk and Water Quality betterment as part of the development proposals.
HLM have proven expertise and ability to successfully plan and implement development within protected flood zones within the Somerset Levels. HLM have worked closely with the Internal Drainage Board and with Sedgemoor District Council at Bridgwater and at Brue Farm, Highbridge, which both use existing rhyne features as part of a comprehensive site-wide sustainable urban drainage system to deliver a safe development within a protected flood zone, alongside the wider benefits that include water quality betterment and biodiversity enhancement.

Summary
HLM have proven expertise and ability to successfully plan and implement development within protected flood zones within the Somerset Levels.
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