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PPS 11: Planning and Waste Management
Policy WM 1: Flooding from Rivers

6.38 The Rivers Agency Opens link in a new browser window is consulted on applications for development which would have drainage implications – for example those affecting watercourses or where land is subject to flooding. Waste management proposals will not be acceptable where the proposed development would exacerbate the risk from flooding on site or would be likely to increase the risk of flooding elsewhere. Works required to alleviate flood risk may result in unacceptable damage to visual amenity, nature conservation interest or the man-made heritage. On the limited occasions where exceptions to this policy arise and planning permission is granted, conditions may be imposed:
  • To require necessary alleviation works; and
  • To ensure adequate access to watercourses.
In addition, Schedule 6 of the Drainage (NI) Order 1973, requires the consent of Rivers Agency for any discharge into a waterway.
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