Reducing the Risk of Flooding
1. Development in Flood Zone 2 and 3 or which exceed 1 hectare, should be;
a) accompanied by a flood risk assessment which is informed by the Melton Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and the best available information (including up to date local evidence) covering all sources of flood risk; and
b) designed to Environment Agency standards.
2. Surface water management strategies should demonstrate how site-specific guidance in the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment has been implemented. Proposals which include altering the topography on a development site must demonstrate that this will not exacerbate flooding elsewhere.
3. Drainage systems should maintain or where applicable enhance the aesthetic, recreational and ecological quality of the area and be available, where appropriate, as recreational space.
4. Development should incorporate Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) where applicable. SuDS proposals should be managed in line with the Government’s Water Strategy and the Drainage Hierarchy. In particular SuDs proposals should;
a) provide multifunctional benefits (for example enhancing biodiversity) by providing natural flood management and mitigation through the improvement or creation of green infrastructure (for example ponds and wetlands, woodland and swales); and
b) take account of advice from the Leicestershire County Council as the Lead Local Flood Authority, the Environment Agency and Severn Trent Water (as the sewage management company).
5. Proposals will be supported that include the replacement of tarmac or an equivalent non-porous surface with a SuDs scheme in the areas identified on Map 15 as being in flood zone 2 or 3.
6. Where appropriate to their scale, nature and location development proposals should restore watercourses to a more natural state (through the removal of hard engineering, such as culverts and bank reinforcement) in order to reduce flood risk and provide local amenity and biodiversity benefits.
7. To allow access for maintenance as well as providing an ecological corridor, no buildings should be constructed within 8 metres of the banks of watercourses. In addition, proposals should not result in the loss of any existing open water features.