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PPS 15: Planning and Flood Risk
The Role of Development Plans: Promoting a 'Joined-up' Approach

6.6 A ‘joined-up’ approach by Government is necessary to deal with flooding and flood risk because the implications of choices made in this area can be diverse and have a high level of interconnectedness. Issues as wide ranging as public safety, confidence in a local economy and the enhancement of biodiversity may be raised by the risk of flooding. These are important matters in the preparation of development plans and will often require plan preparation to address the implications of other statutory and non-statutory plans and strategies such as the Northern Ireland Rivers Conservation Strategy Opens link in a new browser window and the Northern Ireland Biodiversity Strategy Opens link in a new browser window.
6.7 In addition, development plans may also need to consider the potential trans-boundary implications of flood risks. This may be necessary where:
  1. development in locations beyond the boundary of a plan has the potential to impact upon flood risk within the plan area; or
  2. plan proposals could result in the creation or increase of flood risk in locations beyond the boundary of the plan.
6.8 In the future, development plans will also need to take account of the Flood Management Strategies to be published by Rivers Agency Opens link in a new browser window, the Environment and Heritage Service Opens link in a new browser window River Basin Management Plans due by 2009 and other emerging strategies such as Coastal Zone Management Plans.
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