Introduction

The Business Continuity & Emergency Planning team of Bath & North East Somerset Council, has adopted this planning guidance and template to support planning applications that are subject to Planning Policy Statement 25 (PPS25) Development & Flood Risk.

The purpose of this guidance is to highlight the matters you need to consider when developing a Flood Emergency Plan (FEP), including flood warnings, safe routes and evacuation options. 

You can adapt the information within this document to suit your needs.  For ease of use we have clearly identified items as Must, Should and Could.  Anything that is identified as Must is essential in all plans.  Items shown as Should or Could are optional and their inclusion should be based on the flood risk to which the plan is intended to be a response.  These items may be required where the flood risk is high, such as large developments in high probability flood zones.

This guidance provides an outline of what should be included in a FEP.  It includes the Environment Agency Warning Codes at Appendix 1, useful sources of information at Appendix 2, a Flood Evacuation Plan Template at Appendix 3 and the Flood Evacuation Plan Assessment & Approval Form (against which Flood Evacuation Plans will be assessed) at Appendix 4.

A link to a PDF version of the full guidance and flood evacuation plan template is listed under Documents to the right of this page.

Other sources of information -

It is essential to remember the issues surrounding people’s safety in flood events.

Further information on the preparation of a FEP to satisfy the Government’s guidance in PPS25 is contained in Chapter 7 of the accompanying Practice Guide (see Appendix 2 for link).

An FEP should form part of a suite of plans that link Health & Safety at Work (1) and business continuity.

DISCLAIMER

Bath & North East Somerset Council, as far as it can ascertain, acknowledges that this flood emergency plan template is suitable for the purposes set out in Planning Policy Statement 25 : "Development and Flood Risks - Practice Guide".

Flood emergency plans are the sole responsibility of the applicant and the Bath & North East Somerset Council cannot accept any responsibility for any omission or error contained in any such plan, or for any loss, damage, or inconvenience, which may result from such plans' implementation. 

Any subsequent approval does not impute any approval of those plans from the Environment Agency or any of the emergency services.  Flood emergency plans must be reviewed on a regular basis – at least every three years or when information changes which requires it to be amended- to ensure that they are consistent with good practice.

(1) Extracts from Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Part 1

“so far as is reasonably practicable as regards any place of work under the employer's control, the maintenance of it in a condition that is safe and without risks to health and the provision and maintenance of means of access to and egress from it that are safe and without such risks”

“…. all means of access thereto or egress there from available for use by persons using the premises, and any plant or substance in the premises or, as the case may be, provided for use there, is or are safe and without risks to health.”

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