Flood Risk Assessments in Oxford

Flood Risk Assessments in Oxford

Wilsham Consulting is based in Abingdon, 5 miles South of Oxford. Although we produce flood risk assessments for sites across the UK, from Newcastle to Gatwick, our greatest experience is in Oxfordshire. Indeed, we visited many of the our sites in Oxford and the surrounding towns, during the recent major flooding events to see how accurate our reports were against the reality of the flooding events. Direct experience is just as valuable as complex modelling at a local level. Flooding in Oxford Oxford's name – is...

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Flood Risk Assessment Oxfordshire

Flood Risk Assessment Oxfordshire

Wilsham Consulting is based in Abingdon in Oxfordshire and has considerable experience of producing flood risk assessments and flood mitigation works for numerous sites across Oxfordshire for many years. Indeed we visited many of the sites during the recent major flood events to see how accurate the reports were against the reality of the events. Flooding is common across Oxfordshire, due to many settlements such as Henley, Wallingford, Abingdon and Oxford all being located at least partly on geological flood plain deposits. Flooding in...

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Flood risk assessment advice – 5 “secret” tips to know

Flood risk assessment advice – 5 “secret” tips to know

It is value, rather than cost which is critical when obtaining flood risk assessment advice (FRA). You are essentially employing a civil engineering professional, to use their experience, to produce an independent report. The report should be independent to you, the various Authorities, Insurers or others involved in your existing site, potential purchase, or in relation to your proposed development.   It is often the case that flood risk assessments are requested by Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) in relation to...

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Flood zones 3a and 3b – Functional Flood Plains

Flood zones 3a and 3b – Functional Flood Plains

The Department for Communities and Local Government published the "Technical Guidance to the National Planning Policy Framework" in March 2012. This is important, but not the only document relevant to consideration of flood zones 3a and 3b. One of the key elements of discussion is the designation between flood zones 3a and 3b. It is often completely misunderstood by Local Authorities and others involved in the process. Firstly people need to be clear as to what their role is. The Environment Agency (EA) provides...

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Land Drainage Act 1991 – independent professional advice

Land Drainage Act 1991 – independent professional advice

Do you have a land drainage issue or want to understand more about your responsibilities under the Act? Have you been flooded? Who is at fault? What can be done to reduce the flood risk? A basic summary of the Land Drainage Act 1991 is that it "sets out the rights and responsibilities in relation to land drainage". This includes private landowners (such as farmers or householders), Local Authorities, Highway Authorities and Internal Drainage Boards. You may find the below calculation useful in understanding the hydrology:...

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Flood risk maps and flooding zones

Flood risk maps and flooding zones

There is a fairly common missunderstanding as to what the EA flood risk maps show. The EA flood risk maps are intended to provide basic guidance not professional advice. EA Flood risk maps are not… The flood risk maps are not directly applicable for individual properties. The flood risk maps are only dealing with one of the elements of flooding and are based on hydraulic modelled zones. They are not comprehensive. Often individual features such as brick walls, houses,fences and even kerbs could...

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