Historical Flooding and Flood Risk

In determining the location and design of new development particular care needs to be given to avoiding areas at risk of flooding, including areas that have suffered from historical flood events. With climate change expected to increase the frequency of flood events, particularly in the winter months, this is a constraint that is likely to become more prominent over the coming years.

Strategic Flood Risk Assessment

The flood risk and historical flooding records held by the District Council and the Environment Agency have been incorporated into the District Council's Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA). This report can be viewed at the link below. The report details the methodology of the SFRA, the range and source of the data collected and contains advice and guidance for each settlement in Mid Sussex.

The mapping that accompanies this report is not available for download from this website but is available on request on a site by site basis - please e-mail: planningpolicy@midsussex.gov.uk or telephone: 01444 477488, providing the address of the area that you require the mapping for.

Draft Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Report 2015 (as approved by the Environment Agency)

Water. People. Places.

South East England authorities have prepared guidance for sustainable drainage titled ‘Water. People. Places’ that should be used at the earliest stages of the planning and design process for all types of residential, commercial and industrial development. Consideration of the movement of water at the earliest stage of design is crucial to the success of SuDS and allows wider benefits to be achieved.

Water. Peoples. Places. guide to master planning sustainable drainage into developments

Sequential Test for the Mid Sussex District Plan 2014 - 2031

The District Council has undertaken a Sequential Flood Risk Test for the District Plan 2014 - 2031 at each stage of the Plan's preparation. The Sequential Test is available below:

Sequential Flood Risk Test for the Mid Sussex District Plan 2014 - 2031


Land Drainage Engineer
Telephone: 01444 477408

Planning Policy
Telephone: 01444 477053
Email: planningpolicy@midsussex.gov.uk