The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires planners to consider the potential impact of flooding from rivers or the sea on a development, combined with impact upon the existing drainage network.
The National Planning Policy Framework includes strict requirements regarding appropriate development and flood risk mitigation which any proposed development must meet in order to enable development to proceed. These ‘tests’ are designed to ensure that more appropriate sites in terms of flood risk should be prioritised for development, and/or that if a proposed structure cannot be protected or made safe, it should not be permitted.
PBA have considerable experience in undertaking hydrological investigations to inform proposed developments and floodplains in accordance with the NPPF. PBA provide design advice to maximise the potential for development on all sites including ‘more vulnerable’ developments and can provide an assessment of flood potential and advise on flood alleviation methods and catchment management.