Flood Risk Assessment Company (FRA) – independent

Flood Risk Assessment Company  (FRA) – independent

We provide site specific professional Flood Risk Assessments to accompany planning applications for small domestic residential projects and larger commercial developments. We help advise clients right across the UK, from Newcastle to Dover We also provide flood risk assessments in relation to existing sites which have flooded, or where a client wishes to understand the risk and mitigation better. Our Director Stephen Gibson has 20 years experience. He personally writes all reports and often visits to discuss proposals and...

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Celebrations as community pub in South Hinksey reopens following professional flood review

Celebrations as community pub in South Hinksey reopens following professional flood review

Obtaining professional flood risk advice is an important consideration for all developments. The role of an experienced civil engineer in reviewing and advising on flood risk measures is necessary to protect potential occupiers. The Environment Agency is correct to reject the cheap mass / computer generated flood risk reports which are available from many of the major UK engineering consultants.However flood risk is often not the only, or even the most relevant planning consideration. There are many different types of risks and modes of flood...

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Environment Agency Flood Risk Assessment Rejection

Environment Agency Flood Risk Assessment Rejection

Environment Agency has released data for the 2012 to 2013 period which showns that the majority of planning applications objected to on "flood risk grounds" were rejected  because they considered the FRA (Flood Risk Assessment) provided to be unsatisfactory. What does this mean, why and what if anything can be learned from it? a) Not written by a professional civil engineering consultant. Some FRAs submitted are basic documents produced by Architects, Surveyors or others who lack the professional expertise...

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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 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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