Day: 24 April 2014

Shropshire Council is consulting on its flood risk strategy. This a good piece of co-working with Staffordshire County Council. But I am not sure that it will allow us to tackle growing flood risk effectively. I’m sceptical that its guidance on planning will be followed in practice. I’m more disappointed that greater attention hasn’t been given to using woodland to alleviate flooding and that farming practices are virtually ignored. The flood strategy needs to be greener and more ambitious. Planning On planning, the strategy gives sound advice: Inappropriate development which could increase flood risk will be avoided, as will inappropriate development in areas of significant flood risk. 5.2(4). We will aim to manage flood risk and drainage associated with new development such that no new flood risk is created and, wherever possible, opportunities to reduce flood risk are taken through early engagement with developers. This a laudable ambition. Unfortunately, such sentiments are too often ignored when planning applications are being considered. The pressure to deliver new housing has been so strong that far too many developments have been built in the floodplain or without adequate regard to their impact on flooding. Objective 5.2.(4) should be given greater prominence in the…

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