Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
A Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) gives an overview of areas that may be susceptible to flooding.
The SFRA is part of the evidence-base to support the County Durham Plan. It helps inform the selection of sites for future development. It considers not only the risk of flooding from the River Wear, the River Tees and their tributaries, but also an overview of flood risk from coastal waters, groundwater and from surface water run-off. It assesses the likelihood of flooding within County Durham today, and as the risk of flooding increases over time due to climate change.
The document is in two parts:
- consists of information and county-wide flood maps on all sources of flooding. This will enable us to avoid vulnerable development being located within areas at risk of flooding.
- involves more detailed site investigations of the risk of flooding within emerging development areas identified in the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment.
Water Cycle Study
Work to prepare a Water Cycle Study to assess water service facilities is on-going. This will include a Surface Water Management Plan to address ways to manage surface-water flood risk, and water supply and waste water disposal requirements to meet our future development plans identified in the Local Development Framework Core Strategy.
Local Flood Risk Management Strategy
As the lead Local Flood Authority, we produce a Local Flood Risk Management Strategy for the county in line with the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. The Strategy shows how all the risk management authorities and other partners in County Durham work together to manage flood risk.
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