Planning for Water
Water is a vital resource. It is a subject
area of great importance to planners.
The way in which water is managed can
determine whether new development, land management, water
usage, mineral working and waste management have a positive or
negative impact on people and the environment.
Worcestershire County Council seeks to take a
strategic overarching view of water issues and management in the
county by providing advice and research.
Technical Research Paper
Water in Worcestershire' Technical Research Paper (PDF 1.5
This research paper seeks to bring to the attention of plan
makers and decision makers the water issues facing the County over
the next 20 years and provide examples of best practice for how we
might manage/plan our water resource in the future.
The Flood and Water Act (2010) is pending
ministerial order before it comes into effect. Enactment of the
Flood and Water Act (2010) including the development of SUDS
guidance and accompanying regulations will add clarification to the
roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders. It will place
direct requirement for SUDS to have multifunctional benefits to,
for example, biodiversity and recreation. It will also endorse a
statutory duty for Flood Risk Authorities to co-operate on cross
boundary issues. In addition, the Act will provide leading local
flood authorities and the Environment Agency with the power to
request information required in connection to their flood risk
This paper has been developed prior to those
changes and their implications to the water management in
Worcestershire will be taken into account when reviewing the Water
Research Paper in the future.
The latest consultation on the 'Planning for Water in
Worcestershire' Technical Research Paper took place in December
Details of consultation comments received, together with
Worcestershire County Council's officer responses, can be viewed by
following the link.
Technical Research Paper Consultation Responses 2010 (PDF 69
Details of the previous consultation which took place in
2008 can be viewed below:
Technical Research Paper Consultation Responses 2008 (PDF 582
Water Cycle Strategies (WCS) and Strategic Flood Risk
WCS are being encouraged by the Environment Agency to accompany
Development Plan Documents. The Water Cycle Strategy will provide a
plan and programme for implementation of water services
Local Planning Authorities are required to undertake Strategic
Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) to inform planning decisions through
the designation of flood zones based on risk, and the application
of the sequential and exception tests.
Further details of District Authorities Water Cycle Strategies
and the Strategic Flood Risk Assessments are available by
following the links below.
Flood and Water Management Act
The Flood and Water Management Act received Royal Assent on 8
April 2010. On the 01 October 2010 the first
commencement order for the Act will come into force
implementing several provisions within the Act including
definitions, the activation of statutory instrument making powers,
and provisions requiring the Environment Agency and Lead Local
Flood Authorities to develop strategies for risk management.
Provisions assisting internal drainage boards to operate through
consortia from October will also be implemented.
Two further orders have also been laid in parliament and are due
to come into force on the 01 October 2010. These are as
- Flood Risk Management Functions Order 2010.
This order will identify water company duties to provide surface
water sewers and recently transposed EU Floods Directive functions
of the Environment Agency and local authorities to prepare flood
risk assessments, flood maps and plans, within the scope of the Act
requiring these functions to be performed in specified ways.
For instance, the functions must be carried out in a manner
which is consistent with the upcoming National Flood and Coastal
Erosion Risk Management Strategy
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This page was last reviewed 6 August 2013 at 14:14.
The page is next due for review 2 February 2015.