Our Role in Planning

On 24 March 2015, Government laid a statutory instrument making the Lead Local Flood Authority a statutory consultee in planning for all major development in relation to the management of surface water drainage from 15 April 2015.  

Please refer to the National Planning Policy Framework and the planning practice guidance and non-statutory technical standards which now reflect these changes.

We will be advising the relevant Local Planning Authority (LPA) on whether the proposed drainage scheme complies with the relevant technical standards and policies.  

The decision as to whether the submitted scheme is acceptable is with the relevant LPA.

Formal Planning Application

The LPA will consult with us as a statutory consultee and will provide you with our response once received.  We will not be able to accept new information etc. direct from the applicant; this will need to be submitted via the relevant planning authority.  We will be happy to discuss any points for clarification.

Pre-application Service

We offer a pre-application advice service (subject to available resources) which is subject to a Pre-application request form, a fee and a minimum requirement of information.  Please refer to our Pre-application Guidance for further information.

Policies and Guidance

Ordinary watercourses

Check our ordinary watercourses section for obtaining consent and to view the service standards and Water Framework Directive Guidance.