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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Soakaway Design and Construction Advice

Soakaway Design and Construction Advice

A soakaway is a bespoke designed system to discharge water into the ground. Practically every new development from the smallest house extension to multimillion pound developments now have soakaway systems in the UK. In the past, especially on small developments, not much thought was given to the design of soakaways. It is perhaps because getting water into the ground appears like a natural process and therefore "should be easy". However, a building or road development – often located in an urban...

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Sustainable Drainage Design and SUDs

Sustainable Drainage Design and SUDs

We have extensive experience of sustainable drainage design, in relation to housing, schools, hospitals and other developments. Often called SUDs or Sustainable Urban Drainage Design Systems, they are applicable to both rural and urban areas. We call the field – sustainable drainage. We have specialist expertise in sustainable drainage design and lectured on the subject to Royal Insitution of Chartered Surveyors and other professional organisations. We presented at the International Conference on SUDS in 2012. We...

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Flood Mitigation and Flood Defence

Flood Mitigation and Flood Defence

Many of our clients have experienced some form of flooding. Often they will have experienced considerable damage to their property and contents. Some after making a claim in relation to flood damage on their household insurance, are left uninsured in the future. It is therefore critical that they do anything reasonably possible to reduce their risk of future damage. We would usually always visit site to understand the problem. This is combined with our extensive experience of the various forms of flood damage. Flood damage can take...

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