The SFRA is to be used as a tool for assessing flood risk from various sources of flooding: fluvial, tidal, groundwater, sewers, surface water and infrastructure failure. It does not in itself determine whether any given land use is acceptable for any given site, as it does not take into consideration other relevant material planning considerations.
The aim is to avoid inappropriate development in areas at risk of flooding and make areas safe without increasing risk elsewhere, where new development is, exceptionally, necessary in flood risk areas. Steering development away from the highest flood zones comes under the scope of the Sequential Test.
Eastbourne Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
The Council has prepared a SFRA jointly with Wealden District Council covering the Eastbourne and South Wealden area. The SFRA has been reviewed and signed off by the Environment Agency and the Lead Local Flood Authority (East Sussex County Council).
The SFRA will be used to inform decisions on the location of future development and the preparation of sustainable policies for the long-term management of flood risk. It should also be used by applicants to inform site specific Flood Risk Assessments, in line with the requirements of the NPPF and Planning Practice Guidance on flood risk. The report can be downloaded under the Eastbourne below.