PPS 15: Planning and Flood Risk
Policy Context: EC Water Framework Directive
2.6 The EC Water Framework Directive (WFD) came into force in December 2000 and established a set of common principles for the protection and improvement of all of the EU's rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal waters, groundwater and reservoirs.
2.7 The WFD requires the completion of management plans for all river basins (including estuarine and coastal waters and groundwater) in Northern Ireland by the end of 2009. Among the objectives of these management plans is the protection and improvement of the ecological and chemical water quality of the Region.
2.8 The Directive consequently has implications for decision-making in the development sector. New development may increase flood risk and alter the pattern of flood events by changing the depth of floodwater, the duration of its residence, or the footprint of the flood. As such, it has the potential to adversely affect the ecology and chemical quality of the water environment.