Sites and Policies Plan Consultation Draft

Comment ID 705793//17
Document Section Sites and Policies Plan Consultation Draft Living within Environmental Limits DM1 View all on this section
Respondent Deleted User View all by this respondent
Response Date 19 Apr 2013

DM1 - Flooding

The National Technical Guidance covers many aspects of the effect of climate change but neither it nor the Core Strategy appear to indicate how many years ahead to forecast the effect of climate change.  For the avoidance of doubt, policy DM1 should state how far ahead the effect of climate change should be forecast in planning applications. To prevent the useful life of houses and business premises being limited by flood risk we suggest that the forecast should be made at least 100 years beyond the plan’s end date.


To promote conformity with the Core Strategy, the reference to climate change in DM1 should carry forward into policy the information in Core Strategy paragraph 3.46 that “New development will need to be mindful if the increased risks of flooding as a result of climate change. The North Somerset Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) (Level 1) maps ‘climate change additional extents’ shows how zone 3 will expand up to 2108”


The useful life of developments approved towards the end of the plan period should not be limited by the increasing flood risk that climate change is likely to cause.  The proposals maps show current flood risk areas.  They should be replaced by flood risk areas that account for climate change such as those on the 2108 maps on the Council’s web site that are associated with the Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.