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PPS 15: Planning and Flood Risk
Policy Objectives

4.1 The main objectives of this Statement are to:
  • adopt a precautionary approach by ensuring that both the available scientific evidence and the scientific uncertainties which exist in relation to flood risk are taken into account when determining planning applications;
  • ensure that new development is not exposed to the direct threat of flooding and that it does not increase flood risk elsewhere;
  • secure and promote the natural role of flood plains as a form of flood defence and an important environmental and social resource and ensure that this is recognised in the decision making process; and
  • promote an integrated and sustainable approach to the management of development and flood risk which contributes to:
  • the safety and wellbeing of everyone;
  • the prudent and efficient use of economic resources; and
  • the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity.
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