Flooding is a natural occurrence which is often hard to predict. It can pose a direct risk to human life and cause extensive damage to both property and infrastructure. The threat posed by climate change is likely to increase the risk of coastal and fluvial flooding due to a predicted rise in the sea-level and a more intense rainfall. Therefore the risk of flooding is a material consideration which influences both development control decisions and LDP site allocations.
The aim of the SFRA is to inform the application of the sequential test to candidate development sites within the LDP. This will enable the Local Planning Authority to adopt the precautionary principle promoted in National planning guidance to direct development away from high flood risk areas.