Changes to flood risk standard rules to go ahead

The Environment Agency is to amend a series of standard rules relating to flood risk and introduce three new ones, in an effort to boost adoption.

The confirmation follows consultation on the proposals held over November to January. They were developed in response to the regulator’s first review of the rules since flood risk activities were brought under the environmental permitting regime in 2016.

Conditions applicable for bank works, such as their length of time, have been relaxed “as far as practically possible”, says the agency. It has resisted stakeholders suggestions that restrictions on the proximity to local nature reserves and local wildlife sites are struck out, as they make “an important contribution to ecological networks”.

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