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Advice on flood risk management for developers

Identifying risk of flooding for new development

To assess if a location has a possibility of flooding, there are a range of possible information sources in the planning process.

National sources

Local sources:

National and local planning policies, guidance, and standards

To manage the flood risk of new development, it is important to refer to relevant national and local planning policies, guidance, and standards: 

Environment Agency's guidance and standing advice

The Environment Agency is a statutory consultee on flood risk for some planning applications (within 20m of main river, critical drainage problem areas and certain categories of development in flood zone 2 and 3, subject to the flood risk vulnerability classification). 

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Gateshead Lead Local Flood Authority's guidance and standards

The Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) undertakes a statutory consultee role providing technical advice on surface water drainage (including Sustainable Drainage Systems [SuDS]) to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) for major developments (10 dwellings or more). The LLFA also provides technical advice to the LPA on a range of other local flooding issues.  

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Other useful information and guidance