Local Authorities are required to produce a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) under the National Planning Policy Framework. The SFRA seeks to form a holistic understanding of flood risk, factoring in the impact of climate change, and introduces a risk based management approach to flooding. This entails the assessment of all forms of flooding and associated risk, and to set out appropriate management measures.
The SFRA is not in itself a policy document, but can be used as a source to inform policy and management. It forms part of the evidence base for informing strategic policies for flooding in Westminster's City Plan. An updated SFRA is currently being drafted.
This report summarises the Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) undertaken to assist the City of Westminster to meet its duties as a Lead Local Flood Authority, with the delivery of the first stage of the Flood Risk Regulations (2009). The PFRA is a high level screening exercise that compiles information on significant local flood risk from past and future floods, based on readily available and derivable information.
The PFRA also identifies flood risk areas where the subsequent two stages of the Flood Risk Regulations apply. Stage two delivers Flood Risk Maps and stage three delivers Flood Risk Management Plans.
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