Guidance Print Flood Risk and Coastal Change

Permitted development rights and flood risk

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What are the flood risk considerations in relation to permitted development rights?

When considering the potential impacts of permitted development on local flood risk, a local planning authority may consider making an Article 4 direction to remove national permitted development rights to protect local amenity or the well-being of an area.

To assist local planning authorities in their determination of an application as to whether their prior approval is required for a change of use of agricultural buildings, or a change from office to dwelling houses in an area at risk of flooding, the applicant should provide with their application an assessment of flood risk. This should demonstrate how the flood risks to the development will be managed so that it remains safe through its lifetime. More information on prior approval for changes of use is available as part of the flood risk Standing Advice on the Environment Agency’s web site.

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