Flood Risk Management

Planning and Development

Whilst it is important that the Devon County Council and its partners treat existing flood risks, it is vital that we do not seek to add to the overall risk profile by failing to deal with issues arising from new developments. We are working with partners to ensure that the best solutions are implemented for these by developing a greater understanding of the needs of all areas across the county and providing guidance to developers.  This section provides access to resources on planning, development, flood risk and related planning requirements.

Local Planning Authorities

The planning system regulates the way in which land is used by:

  • Producing Strategic Plans
  • Producing Local Development Frameworks which set out the type and location of developments that will be permitted in an area
  • Operating a Development Management system to process planning applications, and to ensure that proposed developments meet the requirements of the local and strategic plans.

For information relating to Local Planning Authorities and responsibilities can be found under the Planning Service and Development Management web pages.

Planning Policy

Planning policy ensures that inappropriate new developments are prevented in flood risk areas and that any proposed development is directed away from areas that are at higher risk.

For information relating to Local Planning Authorities and responsibilities can be found under the Planning Service and Development Management web pages.

For further information on plamnning and flood risks can be found on the Environment Agency's website.