It should be appreciated that a good knowledge of the flooding regime at a site needs to be gained prior to the preparation of a Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan.
Ideally a plan should be completed immediately following the preparation of a detailed
Flood Risk Assessment.
The production of a satisfactory Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan will not be possible at all sites.
National Planning Policy Framework
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), applicable in England, aims to direct new development away from areas prone to flooding (ie flood
zones 2 and 3). For development to be permitted in these areas it has to pass two tests known as the Sequential and Exceptions Tests.
The second part of the Exception Test requires that a developer demonstrate that a proposed new development would be safe for the whole of its
expected lifetime. A Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan may be able to help to do that.
Planning Practice Guidance
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government's Planning Practice Guidance web site provides assistance on the preparation of a Flood
Warning and Evacuation Plan. In particular it emphasises that the plan should cover the whole life of the development and so should address
the likely effects of climate change. These effects would include rising sea levels and increased flood water depths in rivers due to more intense
rainfall. These increased flood levels can be extremely challenging when considering the safe evacuation of people from a development.
TAN15 (Technical Advice Note 15)
TAN15, applicable in Wales, has similar aims to the NPPF and also applies similar tests.
At the planning stage a Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan, given the right circumstances, can be used to show how a proposed development
in a high flood risk area could be safely evacuated in the
event of a severe flood. Once the development is complete the plan would then
provide a guide as to how the development should be evacuated in practice.
The preparation of a Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan is site specific so please
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