A Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) is typically required when a planning application is submitted, and where credits are sought within a Home Quality Mark or Code for Sustainable Homes assessment.
An FRA will determine which flood zone the development site sits within and therefore the risk of flooding from all sources.
Do I need a Flood Risk Assessment?
Yes, if you are seeking Sur 2 (Surface Water) Credits within a Code for Sustainable Homes Assessment, or credits within a HQM assessment.
You may also be required to provide an FRA under a planning condition.
Early discussion with a specialist can save time and money by highlighting where:
- Flood risk affects your development
- The ‘sequential’ and ‘exception’ tests (explained below) will be required and the implications if the development type is inappropriate for the proposed location
- The site is at too great a flood risk for development
- Inappropriate detailed designs are being considered
- The Environment Agency can provide information to support your Flood Risk Assessment
The Sequential Test is a process that the Local Planning Authority (LPA) must go through to direct development as far as is practicable, to areas at the lowest probability of flooding.
The Exception Test will also be applied where the impact of flooding on people or the environment is greatest. Information on both tests is set out in PPS25 and the accompanying practice guide.
However large or small your development – Build Energy can provide a bespoke FRA to secure your credits.
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