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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Question by Brian Clark to David Brazier, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport

July 20, 2014 10:56 AM

Can the Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport provide details of any planning applications where KCC has raised flood risk concern in the last year?

Earlier this year KCC raised no great concern with a housing plan for Langley Park and subsequently the planning application was passed. At the time land at the south of the site was severely affected by flooding at Brishing Dam (prompting KCC emergency planning response). Given the cost of flood response, can he assure members that KCC will now provide a clear opinion to planners on the suitability of housing development, based on the latest flood risk data and the lessons learned from recent flooding in Kent?

Answer

KCC is the lead local flood authority for Kent. The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 gives lead local flood authorities powers and duties for the strategic overview of local flooding, which is flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses. KCC is not a statutory consultee in planning for flood risk matters, but I would like to assure the council that where KCC is approached, either by a developer or a planning authority, we provide advice and guidance on local flood risk using all current information available'