At this time, we are not able to offer bespoke pre-application advice, however, a range of material relating to flood risk for planning and development is available online and is highlighted below.

Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) and Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS) have been completed for Warwickshire in line with our duties as a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA). These contain detailed information on historic flooding, planning matters and wider flooding issues in Warwickshire.

There is also a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) for Warwickshire which contains details of historic flooding records and other flood risk information relevant to planning applications.

If the above documents do not hold details of flooding in the vicinity of the site, this does not necessarily indicate that there have not been any historic flood events in the area. As such, we suggest that you carry out further consultation to fully inform any flood risk assessment (FRA). The relevant district or borough council may hold more detailed information, as may the parish council or residents around the proposed development area. Results of further consultation should be included within your FRA, any issues raised should be considered within the development proposals.

Additional information on flood risks is also available from other bodies. The Environment Agency holds information on historic flooding as well as flooding from surface water, rivers, the sea and reservoirs which is freely available.

We would look to see all developments are in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the planning practice guidance (PPG).

For a favourable recommendation, the above guidance should be considered to ensure that you have provided sufficient detail and that the proposals are in keeping with the available advice as well as in accordance with the latest planning policies and legislation.

Should there be any further issues which you may wish to discuss in further detail, or your site is over 1000 houses, we are currently looking to introduce pre-application charging as a service we offer. If you feel this would be more appropriate to your development proposals please get in touch with the Flood Risk Team.

In addition, we have published standing advice for developers.