Flood Risk Assessment, Rothbury, Northumberland
Mar 4, 2015

A Flood Risk Assessment has been completed by RAB Consultants in support of a planning proposal for change of use at an existing commercial site in Rothbury.

The development site is located in both Flood Zones 2 and 3 in accordance with the Environment Agency’s Flood Map for Planning (Rivers and Sea). The Northumberland County Council’s Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) also shows the site located within Flood Zones 2 & 3; therefore requiring a Flood Risk Assessment for this development.

RAB Consultants carried out a site visit to assess the flood risk to this site in relation to local ground levels. Our assessment to meet the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework also involved:

  • Data collection, including the Environment Agency’s most recently modelled flood data for the River Coquet and Coplish Burn in Rothbury
  • Liaison with the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water Ltd
  • An assessment of the risk of flooding from all sources including fluvial, surface water, groundwater and drainage related; in accordance to Sheffield City Council’s SFRA

Flood mitigation options were included in order to highlight measures to reduce surface water run-off rates at the site.

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