Flood Risk Assessment London

Do you know if you’re in an area prone to the potential risk of flooding? Most of London is criss-crossed by underground rivers, and before you invest in a property or carry out any development plans, you need to find out whether you might have a swimming pool you weren’t planning for whenever there are unusual rainfall levels.

Why do I need a Flood Risk Assessment Report in London?

An independent FRA is required in most cases to ensure that planning consent can be granted. This means that the report should be obtained from someone unconnected with the site proposed for development. That’s where employing a qualified professional is the best course of action, as if the report isn’t independent, it’s easy to challenge and use as an objection to the proposed works. Also, you are ultimately the person that benefits from the report – incorporating ways and means to guard against flooding in your building designs will ultimately save you a great deal of money.

Flood Risk Assessment Reports – some tips and pointers?

As we’ve already said above, not all FRA reports are the same, so make sure you get what you need for your site. Public flood data is freely available, so beware of automated printouts that make claims such as:

  • Being approved by the insurance industry – sounds reassuring, but there’s no such thing!
  • Giving an advanced overview of the area – you’re only interested in your site, not the entire body of water that might cause a problem
  • Beware of small print dodging responsibility – this is because it’s just a print out of public information!

As with all major undertakings, you’re looking for best value, and that’s what we offer – best value isn’t necessarily cheapest, but it will save you more money, more time, and certainly more hassle in the long run. Additionally, generic template FRAs are much less likely to be accepted by the Local Planning Authority. Any news report in flood season will give you an idea of the kind of damage people need to make good on their homes after water damage, so this is an essential when working on build designs and obtaining planning permission.

Fee Proposal
National Policy Framework (NPFF) in England requires that development is in a flood zone suited to its vulnerability, with only flood compatible development permitted in areas with a high probability of flooding unless you are able to pass an exception test. Council in England are clamping down and requiring you to submit a FRA taking into account measures to prevent flooding, i.e flood compensation storage so fourth and so on.
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