To increase the resilience of the Lake District to all types of flood events, including river, surface water and coastal flooding.
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.
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.
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:
Consultation closed on 29th June. Thank you to all of those who took part. Please keep an eye on our Local Plan homepage for announcements and feedback on the consultation