Proposed Submission South Somerset Local Plan (2006 - 2028): Main Modifications - August 2014

Comment ID 92
Document Section Main Modifications Introduction and Background (no name) View all on this section
Respondent Environment Agency (Mr M Holm) View all by this respondent
Response Date 10 Oct 2014

We would highlight that our comments to the previous consultation earlier in 2014 represent our relevant position, which we consider these policies to be sound. Our comments we as follows:

Growth for Yeovil

The principles of Climate Change Policy EQ1 should prevent inappropriate development being located in the Flood Risk areas through the application of National Planning Policy Frameworks Sequential Test.

For the directions of growth through the strategic allocations there will need to be further work will be required within the master planning stages to more accurately map any local flood risk issues.

Whilst we consider that there will be an engineering solution to surface water runoff, you should consider undertaking a flood risk management strategy (FRMS) to include surface water within the strategic allocation to prevent increasing flood risk to the downstream catchment.

The FRMS is essential to understand any possible constraints on land availability required for development and the future Sustainable Drainage Scheme (SuDS). The SuDS scheme for the allocation must maximise the environmental benefits to be in accordance with Policy EQ1 and EQ5.