Policy 04: Development and flooding

What are we trying to achieve?

To increase the resilience of the Lake District to all types of flood events, including river, surface water and coastal flooding.

What is the issue?

Flooding is a complex issue and remains a challenge. Extreme weather events are one of the biggest risks to communities, businesses, recreation and the landscape, and environment of the Lake District. Small changes in rainfall and temperature can have a significant effect on the landscape; climate change is likely to affect the pattern of rainfall with more intense rainfall episodes.

Water is a key feature of the Lake District, with 9,158 km of watercourses, 26 miles of coastline and a further 58.28 sq km of still water including the 16 main lakes. Eight per cent of the Lake District is directly affected by a functional floodplain and/or high flood risk area. This affects 554,000 buildings.

The Lake District is no stranger to flooding with several significant flooding events being recorded. In a number of valleys in the Lake District there are flooding issues that result from the rate at which rainwater makes its way into watercourses, which then become overwhelmed and burst their banks.

Our suggested approach

We will assess new development in line with Government guidance and additionally, apply the sequential approach to all sites which suffer from surface water flooding.

Support proposals for new development and land use which increase the resilience of the Lake District to flooding events.

Require applications on sites identified as being at potential flood risk to be supported by a site specific flood risk assessment.

Require all developments to demonstrate a Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDS) approach to prevent increased surface water run-off.

Policy 04: Development and flooding

We want to increase the resilience of the Lake District to all types of flood event, including river, surface water and coastal flooding.

We will achieve this by:

  1. Supporting development proposals in accordance with National Planning Policy and associated Planning Practice Guidance. We will apply a sequential approach to locating development in areas at lower risk to all sources of flooding, including sites which are at risk of surface water flooding and where the proposed development would increase flood risk elsewhere, and
  2. Supporting flood resilience schemes and Natural Flood Management which
    • Are tailored to provide the optimum solution for the catchment as a whole, or
    • Reduce flood risk in Rural Service Centres and Villages or areas of highest risk, or
    • Reduce the impact of a flood event, and
  3. Requiring all developments to demonstrate a Sustainable Drainage Systems (SUDs) approach to prevent increased surface water run-off, and
  4. Requiring applications on sites identified as being at potential flood risk to be supported by a site specific flood risk assessment that demonstrates that the development will be safe for its lifetime and will not increase the risk of flooding elsewhere.

Have your say!

It’s really important that residents, businesses and stakeholders get involved during the consultation phase to tell us if you think what we are suggesting is right. Your answers to the questions in this survey will help us consider everyone's views and to re-draft the plan where necessary. Consultation closes on Friday 29 June.

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