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Cambridgeshire Flood and Water SPD

A significant amount of new development will occur in Cambridgeshire over the next 20 years and beyond.

In order to reduce impact on the water environment and promote sustainable development, development must be appropriately located, and well designed and managed. It must also take account of climate change.

Each of the Cambridgeshire local planning authorities has prepared guidance on flooding and drainage issues.

The SPD provides guidance for developers on how to manage flood risk and the water environment as part of new development proposals.

It includes issues such as how to address flood-risk issues as part of the planning application process, and how to design developments to manage and mitigate flood risk. It also covers how to incorporate sustainable drainage systems into new developments, and take account of climate change.

A number of additional background documents accompany the guidance:

The SPD was re-adopted by South Cambridgeshire District Council in November 2018 and by the Cambridge City Council in December 2018. This followed the adoption of the Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire Local Plans.