Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP) Preferred Approach 2015

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Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP) Preferred Approach 2015

Question 12: Do you agree with the proposed approach to management of the historic environment in Southend Central Area? Please explain your answer.

Representation ID: 2419

Received: 25/02/2016

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

Strategic Planning Context
We are pleased that Flood Risk Management and Sustainable Drainage is included within the Context and Issues for the Southend Central Area, and in particular, that reference is made to the key challenge of addressing climate change. This section discusses the risk of tidal flooding to the Borough, although it should be noticed that there are other sources of flood risk which will need to be considered too.

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Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP) Preferred Approach 2015

Question 16: Do you agree with the proposed approach to flood risk management and sustainable drainage in Southend Central Area? Please explain your answer..

Representation ID: 2420

Received: 25/02/2016

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

Paragraph 105 - We are pleased to note reference is made here to the Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and emerging Surface Water Management Plan, which clearly form a key part of your evidence base.

Comment

Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP) Preferred Approach 2015

Question 16: Do you agree with the proposed approach to flood risk management and sustainable drainage in Southend Central Area? Please explain your answer..

Representation ID: 2421

Received: 25/02/2016

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

Paragraph 116 - With regards to surface water management, we wish to remind you that, whether or not the receiving water body is a main river, the Environment Agency is no longer the statutory consultee in the planning process. All surface water management scheme proposals and their associated discharge rates must therefore be approved by Southend Borough Council in its role as Lead Local Flood Authority.

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Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP) Preferred Approach 2015

Question 16: Do you agree with the proposed approach to flood risk management and sustainable drainage in Southend Central Area? Please explain your answer..

Representation ID: 2422

Received: 25/02/2016

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

We consider that further clarity could be provided within this policy. Our suggested changes are as follows
1 a. Will be accompanied by a flood risk assessment that considers all sources of flooding.
1 c. i. For more vulnerable uses, the floor levels of habitable rooms will be above the design flood level, with an allowance for climate change. Within Flood Zone 3 the floor level must be situated above the design flood level with climate change, incorporating an allowance of at least 300mm for freeboard.
(This is to ensure it is clear that floors must be set above the 1 in 200 annual probability event level plus climate change).

Support

Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP) Preferred Approach 2015

Question 27: Do you agree with the proposed approach to managing development within the Central Seafront Policy Area and sites OS7, OS8, OS9 and CS1.1? Please explain your answer.

Representation ID: 2423

Received: 25/02/2016

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

We are very supportive of this policy. Point 5, in particular, is very positive, as it recognises the opportunity that new development provides for integrating tidal defences into the public realm.

Comment

Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP) Preferred Approach 2015

Question 27: Do you agree with the proposed approach to managing development within the Central Seafront Policy Area and sites OS7, OS8, OS9 and CS1.1? Please explain your answer.

Representation ID: 2424

Received: 25/02/2016

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

Point 7 could potentially be strengthened by allowing development south of the sea wall only by exception and where the proposed land use is deemed to be 'water compatible' as defined in the Planning Practice Guidance.

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Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP) Preferred Approach 2015

Question 28: Do you agree with the proposed approach to managing nature conservation and biodiversity within the Central Seafront Policy Area? Please explain your answer.

Representation ID: 2425

Received: 25/02/2016

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

We are supportive of this policy which seeks to relieve pressures on the seafront area. We support the idea of drawing people to the waterfront, especially where it may help to raise awareness of the ecosystems and their importance, provided the sensitive areas themselves are protected.

Support

Southend Central Area Action Plan (SCAAP) Preferred Approach 2015

Question 29: Do you agree with the proposed approach to managing the waterfront? Please explain your answer.

Representation ID: 2426

Received: 25/02/2016

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

We support this policy which seeks to integrate tourism activities and recreation with the public realm and biodiversity features. We are particularly supportive of Point 2, which seems to prevent any impacts on biodiversity or flood risk.

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