Evidence base documents

Strategic flood risk assessment

The Pendle Strategic Flood Risk Assessment forms a key part of the evidence base for the Local Plan in respect of local flood risk issues and the location of future development in the area. The importance of flood risk and its implications for development is highlighted by the history of flooding in the borough, which has previously caused an inundation of properties.

The study provides an analysis of the main sources of flood risk in Pendle, together with an assessment of areas where future development is planned to ensure that flood risk is appropriately addressed at every stage of the planning process.

What's happening next?

The Pendle Strategic Flood Risk Assessment was adopted in November 2006 and is available to view in the Documents to download section below.

Following discussions with the Environment Agency the Council intend to carry out a desk based update of the study in 2017.

What have we done so far?

Entec (now AMEC Foster Wheeler) consultants were commissioned in 2006 to prepare a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment for Pendle. The study takes a sequential, risk-based approach to assessing development and flood risk based on the Environment Agency Flood Zones, which delineate areas by their level of risk due to river flooding.  Secondary sources of flooding were also identified (including fluvial risk due to minor watercourses, overland flow, structural blockages, sewer and groundwater flooding). Critical ordinary watercourses were also identified where they pose significant flood risk to potential development areas.

Documents to download

Pendle Strategic Flood Risk Assessment:

Chapters 1-3; Chapters 4-5; Figure 5.5; Figure 5.6; Figure 5.7;

Figure 5.8; Figure 5.9; Chapter 6; Figure 6.1; Figure 6.2; Figure 6.3;

Figure 6.4; Figure 6.5; Figure 6.6; Chapters 7-8; References and Appendices