Cheshire Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

The term Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) is used for the type of assessment of flood risk undertaken to inform the spatial planning process at the sub-regional or local level. During 2007, it became unclear whether an additional SFRA was needed at the County scale. Neither Planning Policy Statement 25: Development and Flood Risk nor its Practice Guide gave effective guidance on the matter.

As a result, the former Cheshire County Council carried out a county level SFRA to collect information in relation to flooding and flood risk in Cheshire as part of the baseline evidence of the Sustainability Appraisal of the Minerals Development Framework Core Strategy and Site Specific Policies and Allocations.

Although policy documents in the Cheshire Minerals Development Framework will not now be taken forwards within Cheshire East, the Cheshire SFRA will still provide useful evidence for Cheshire East when developing policies and document in the Local Development Framework.