Flood Risk Assessment, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
May 21, 2014

RAB Consultants has completed a Flood Risk Assessment in support of a proposed student accommodation development in Huddersfield.

A Flood Risk Assessment was required for this site as it is located within Flood Zone 3 as identified by the Environment Agency's flood map. Our assessment to meet the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework involved the following:

  • A site visit to assess flood risk within the local area;
  • Assessment of the risk of flooding from all sources including surface water, groundwater and drainage related;
  • Desk based assessment of suitable mitigation measures to offset any risk of flooding;
  • Liaison with the client, Environment Agency, Local Planning Authority and Yorkshire Water;
  • Preparation of a Flood Warning and Evacuation Plan.

The site is within Flood Zone 3 and is thought to have a low to medium risk of surface water flooding. Despite this we were able to demonstrate an effective mitigation strategy that will ensure the occupants remain safe from all sources of flooding for the lifetime of the proposed development.

Through data collection, consultation and analysis, the report concluded that the development is considered appropriate given the flood risk and mitigation strategy and is not expected to increase flood risk in the surrounding area.

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