61% of Planning Applications Rejected on Flood Risk Grounds Due to FRA

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Flood Risk Assessment experts Ambiental analyse EA data and find that the majority of objections to planning applications are due to unsatisfactory FRA reports.

Our analysis of the EA's data highlights the importance planning and property professionals should place on seeking advice from flood risk consultants.

Analysis of the Environment Agency's annually published planning application lists shows that 61% of applications objected to on flood risk grounds were due to the submission of an unsatisfactory Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) report.

Out of a total 2638 planning applications objected to on flood risk grounds, 997 (38%) were due to the submission of an “unsatisfactory FRA/FCA” whilst a further 601 (23%) were specifically due to an unsatisfactory “surface water” FRA/FCA.

Furthermore, 19% of applications were rejected because the planner failed to provide an FRA report when they were required to do so. Other reasons for objections include failure to provide a Sequential Test and failure to demonstrate Part C of the Exception Test.

The statistics highlight the importance of seeking advice from Flood Risk Assessment specialists, especially when proposed developments are situated close to a flood plain.

The analysis, conducted by flood data and flood mapping consultants Ambiental, can be viewed in full at: http://www.ambiental.co.uk/planning-applications-rejected-flood-risk-grounds-61-unsatisfactory-fra/

Ambiental's managing director, Dr Justin Butler, says "Our analysis of the EA's data highlights the importance planning and property professionals should place on seeking advice from flood risk consultants."

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From its inception over 15 years ago Ambiental has grown to become a renowned global leader in flood modelling and flood risk consultancy. Today, numerous blue chip organisations and government bodies rely on Ambiental data to improve their flood planning and decision making.

With flooding regarded as one of the most significant NatCat perils faced by businesses and communities alike, Ambiental’s models and data enable their clients to be more agile in both their automated decisioning as well as far better equipped and informed for their bespoke analysis. Overall they are far more agile, more responsive, and better positioned to understand flooding.

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