A development proposal that would impede the operational effectiveness of flood defence and drainage infrastructure, or hinder access for maintenance or emergency purposes, will not be permitted. This includes the erection of buildings or other structures over the line of a culverted watercourse.
FRD2 Protection of Flood Defence and Drainage Infrastructure
Policy FRD2 Protection of Flood Defence and Drainage Infrastructure
Justification and Amplification
Flood defence and drainage infrastructure is critical in providing a level of flood protection to people and property and adequate land drainage.
This policy seeks to ensure that such infrastructure is protected from development that would impact on its operational integrity. This includes a presumption against the erection of buildings or other structures over the line of a culverted watercourse in order to avoid damage and facilitate replacement, maintenance or other necessary operations.
This policy also seeks to ensure unobstructed access to infrastructure and watercourses for improvement or maintenance purposes. Where a new development proposal is located close to a flood defence, control structure or watercourse, it is essential that an adjacent working strip is retained and protected to facilitate future maintenance by DfI Rivers, other statutory undertaker or the riparian landowners. Normally the working strip should have a minimum width of five metres, but up to 10 metres may be necessary to allow for sufficient access and egress for plant and machinery, and for emergency access. The extent of the reserve will be determined on a case by case basis by the Council, in consultation with DfI Rivers.