Sequential Exception Test (2014)
This document sets out the approach that has been taken to ensure that the Local Plan has been prepared taking account of flood risk, now and in the future. This paper has helped to inform the Sustainability Appraisal for the Local Plan. As the Local Plan has been progressed the sequential test, and where necessary the exceptions test, have been applied to inform site selection. The National Planning Policy Framework ( NPPF) ( 2012) ( paragraphs 93 to 108) sets out how Local Plans can help to the meet the challenge of climate change, flooding and coastal change. Planning Practice Guidance ( PPG) ( 2014) ( paragraphs 019 ) sets out how to plan new development taking account of flood risk using the “sequential approach”. Where there are no reasonably available sites, local planning authorities, in their decision making should take into account the flood risk vulnerability of land uses and consider reasonably available sites, applying the “exceptions test” only in circumstances where insufficient land is available in the lower risk extents. This is one part of an integrated process that takes account of many factors, including wider sustainability issues, the realism of site delivery and in response to consultation with the public, business and partner agencies
Sequential and Exception Test (2009)
PPS25: Sequential and Exception Test for the Arun District Core Strategy
The Sequential and Exception Test has been prepared for the Core Strategy in line wih Planning Policy Statement 25: Development and Flood Risk. The sequential test is a simple decision making tool to ensure sites at little or no risk of flooding are developed in preference to areas at high risk of flooding. It informs the Core Strategy, which will form a key part of the Arun District Local Development Framework.
To view the test, please click on the following link:
Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (2008)
Arun District Council commissioned consultants, Capita Symonds, to undertake a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) of the District which will support planning decisions and help inform the production of the Council's Local Development Framework.
The main objective of the Arun District SFRA is to provide flood risk information:
- so that an evidence based and risk based sequential approach can be adopted when making planing decisions, in line with PPS25;
- that is strategic, in that it covers a wide spatial area and looks at flood risk today an in the future;
- that supports sustainability appraiasals of the local development frameworks;
- that identifies what further investigations may be required in flood risk assessments for specific development proposals.
The following links take you to different parts of the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) for Arun District:
Note - Please read the user guide for information on how to interpret the Level 1 and 2 SFRA results.
|Volume 1 User Guide [pdf] 1MB|
|Volume 2 Technical Report and Maps [pdf] 4MB|
|Volume 3 Management Guide [pdf] 492KB|
|Volume 4 Assessment of Sites of Search [pdf] 483KB|
|C2 - T Tidal flood zones with climate change|
|D1 System Asset Management Plan Areas|
|D2 Type of flood defence|
|D3 Source of Flooding being defended|
|D4 Estimated Standard of Protection|
|F1 - F Fluvial Flood Zone Extents|
|F1 - T Tidal Flood Zone Extents|
|F2 - F Source of River Flood Zone 3a data ( no defences)|
|F2 - T Source of Tidal Flood Zone 3a data ( no defences)|
|G1 Indicative risk of groundwater flooding|
The Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) for Arun and the Sequential Test, were carried out in 2008 and 2009. Since then, a West Sussex wide SFRA was undertaken by consultants Capita Symonds, on behalf of West Sussex County Council, in 2010. Together, these documents form the evidence base relating to flood risk for the Arun District Draft Local Plan.
The following link takes you to the West Sussex SFRA documents:
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