PPS 15: Planning and Flood Risk
FLD 1: Open Space and Nature Conservation Uses
8.15 Floodplains may be acceptable for some sporting, outdoor recreation, open space and nature conservation uses provided adequate warning and evacuation procedures are in place. However where proposals would encourage people to congregate in a location susceptible to rapid inundation by floodwater, public safety will be the paramount consideration and approval will generally not be granted.
8.16 The development of synthetic sports surfaces or buildings ancillary to a recreation or open space use, for example changing facilities or accommodation for operational staff, can increase flood risk, both directly and indirectly, and will only be permitted in undefended flood plain in exceptional circumstances. However, they will generally be acceptable in areas where an appropriate standard of flood defence exists.
8.17 Where a residential development proposal is required to provide public open space it may be possible to meet part of the need generated by using land within a flood plain. This will only be acceptable where there is no risk to the safety and well-being of the public and when the proposal satisfies all other necessary planning criteria, including the requirements of PPS 7 and PPS 8.