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Flood Risk Assessment

A Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (SFRA) for West Lancashire has been carried out in consultation with the Environment Agency.

The assessment has been carried out as a two-stage process, made up of:

1. An initial baseline study, followed by
2. A more detailed study due to the need to consider land for development in areas of high flood risk.

The study looks principally at the risk of flooding from the sea and from rivers. It includes information on:

  • Flood risk areas within the borough (from Environment Agency maps)
  • Flood infrastructure e.g. sea defences
  • Records of past flooding events within West Lancashire
  • Expected future development pressures within the borough and how they may impact on flooding.  

SFRA Level One

In 2010, the SFRA was updated and can be downloaded using the links below.

Alternatively, view the 2007 SFRA below.

SFRA Level Two

In 2011, the Council carried out the SFRA Level 2 in consultation with the Environment Agency.  The report is currently in draft and is subject to Environment Agency approval.  Following the Local Plan Preferred Options consultation the document will be refined if necessary and the final version will be published.

The housing and employment land data that has been used to inform the SFRA is taken from the emerging Local Plan, and evidence base documents including the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment and the Joint Employment Land and Premises Study. Inclusion of these sites within this study is for indicative purposes and to evidence the reasonable supply of land for development in the context of flood risk. It does not allocate land for or preclude land from development and this document should be taken in context with the wider evidence base that supports the emerging Local Plan.

SFRA Appendix 1:

SFRA Appendix 2:   Maps of Settlement Areas and Indicative Flood Zones

SFRA Appendix 3:   Settlement Housing Data Analysis

SFRA Appendix 4:

SFRA Appendix 5: