Decision details

Peterborough Flood and Water Management Supplementary Planning Document - JUN19/CAB/13

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To approve adoption of the Flood and Water Management SPD subject to the Local Plan being adopted by Full Council.




That Cabinet:


1.    Agreed that the Flood and Water Management SPD be adopted as part of the council’s policy framework, subject to Full Council adopting a new Peterborough Local Plan at its meeting of 24 July 2019. If Full Council did resolve to adopt a new Peterborough Local Plan, then this SPD would come into effect at the same time as that resolution.


2.    Delegated to officers the ability to make any minor presentational or typographical changes to the SPD, prior to its publication post 24 July 2019, provided any such changes did not materially affect the content of the SPD.


Reasons for the decision:

There is no statutory duty to prepare this SPD. However, without it, developers could be confused or misinformed as to how they can deliver fit-for-purpose development schemes in Peterborough that meet flood and water management requirements. This could have an impact on development coming forward as additional time would need to be spent on applications where flood or water management issues occur.


The existence of policy and guidance that all of Peterborough’s water management partners support will improve current and future service delivery through the more efficient processing of planning applications and future drainage application approvals.



Alternative options considered:

Alternative options considered were:

Option 1 - do not update the document. For this option, policies remain outdated, weblinks broken and missed opportunity to simplify the process for those involved in managing flood risk through development. As such this is not the recommended option.

Option 2 - remove the SPD from circulation - this would result in a loss of a valuable resource for both planners and developers and carries the risk of flood risk not being consistently managed. As such this is not the recommended option.

Option 3 - full SPD rewrite - this option is more resource intensive with little, if any, additional benefit. The demand on resources make this not a recommended option.


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Background Documents:

None, other than those already mentioned in this report.


Publication date: 17/06/2019

Date of decision: 17/06/2019

Decided at meeting: 17/06/2019 - Cabinet

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