Building a safer future: a guide for communities on the planning system and flood risk

This guidance for communities, written in partnership with the National Flood Forum, explains how flood risk is dealt with in the English planning system and how communities can most effectively get their voices and concerns heard in planning decisions.

The guidance is written for people who do not have much or any experience of the planning system but are worried about the flood risk where they live. The planning system in England has a major role in making decisions about where new development will go and how it will be built, and these decisions are crucial to reducing the risk of flooding, both now and in the future. The guidance takes the reader on a journey through the processes and language used to make decisions within the planning system about flood risk. It hopes to help communities understand where they can make a difference and how to feed in the unique knowledge that they have about their local areas.

Download the guidance in full below. Each briefing can also be downloaded individually.

In March 2023, the TCPA added three new briefings (7-9) to the guidance. They include the following topics: planning practice guidance for flood risk and coastal change; strategic flood risk assessments; and using neighbourhood plans to address flood risk.

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