We are required to carry out a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) for our area, which assesses the risk of flooding from all sources, now and in the future, taking account of the impacts of climate change.
The SFRA supports and informs the Local Plan, including the site allocations, by assessing the impact that land use changes and development in the area will have on flood risk. The SFRA provides the basis for applying the Sequential Test to development sites, thereby directing development away from areas at highest risk.
In March 2016 the Council updated its SFRA (an update of earlier reports from 2008 and 2010). The report includes a series of maps that define areas of flooding in the borough according to various levels of risk from the River Thames, its tributaries and other sources such as surface water.
This SFRA will be used to advise Development Management, Emergency Planners and developers on flood risk matters. Planning applicants should refer to the SFRA when carrying out a site-specific Flood Risk Assessment.
(Note: Contact the Environment Agency for the best available information on breach modelling)
Updated: 15 June 2017