How local planning authorities should involve the Environment Agency when determining planning applications where there is a risk of flooding
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What are the requirements for involving the Environment Agency?
There is a statutory requirement for local planning authorities to consult the Environment Agency for developments in areas at risk of flooding (as defined in theTown and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2010) before granting planning permission. The Environment Agency has Standing Advice available on its website which gives guidance to local planning authorities and developers where flood risk is an issue, including on when the Environment Agency should be consulted on planning applications.
All local planning authorities should notify the Environment Agency of the decision on any planning application where the Agency has objected on flood risk grounds.