Local Plan to 2030 - Main Modifications September 2018

Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy ENV6 – Flood Risk (MM88)

Amend Policy opening and   criterion a) as follows:

Proposals for new development should contribute to an overall flood risk reduction.

Development will only be permitted where it would not be at an unacceptable risk of flooding on the site itself, and there would be no increase to flood risk elsewhere.

The sequential test and exception tests established by the National Planning Policy Framework will be strictly adhered to across the Borough, with new development preferably being located in Flood Zone 1. In exceptional circumstances wWhere it is demonstrated development is unable to take place in an area of lower flood risk, the tests above cannot be met, essential transport or utility infrastructure, or other development on brownfield sites may be allowed as per an exception test if the development is designed to be compatible with potential flood conditions, and:

a) there are no alternative sites in a lower flood risk zone, and