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Newcastle-under-Lyme Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA)

In September 2007, Newcastle and Stoke councils commissioned Halcrow to produce a Level 1 Strategic Flood Risk Assessment in accordance with PPS25.


To assess and map all forms of flood risk from groundwater, surface water, sewer and river sources, taking into account climate change predictions, and to use this as an evidence base to locate future development primarily in low flood risk areas. The outputs from the SFRA will help the Council to prepare sustainable policies for the long-term management of flood risk and improve existing emergency planning procedures.

The SFRA is a ‘living’ document and will be reviewed on a regular basis in light of new information as it becomes available.


The aims of PPS25 are to ensure that flood risk is taken into account at all stages of the planning process to avoid inappropriate development in areas at risk of flooding, and to direct development away from areas at highest risk. Where new development is necessary in such areas, exceptionally, the policy aims to make it safe without increasing flood risk elsewhere and where possible, reducing flood risk overall.

In addition, the SFRA enables local planning authorities to:-

  • Prepare appropriate policies for the management of flood risk
  • Inform the sustainability appraisal so that flood risk is taken into account when considering options and in the preparation of strategic land use policies.
  • Identify the level of detail required for site-specific flood risk assessments (FRAs)
  • Determine the acceptability of flood risk in relation to emergency planning capability.
  • To apply the sequential test to land use allocations and identify when the exception test needs to be applied.


In accordance with PPS25, areas of ‘low’, ‘medium’ and ‘high’ risk have been mapped using data from the Borough, collected from the Environment Agency, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Severn Trent Water, the Highways Agency and British Waterways. This includes information on flooding from rivers, surface water (land drainage), groundwater, artificial water bodies and sewers. This provides the basis for the Sequential Test to be applied.


The document was signed off by the Environment Agency in July 2008. The report and maps can be accessed by following the links below:

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Report, July 2008

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Executive Summary

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Map - North of the Borough

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Map - South of the Borough

Last updated 26 August 2015

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