Issue details

19/00088 - Drainage and Planning Policy Update 2019



As a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), Kent County Council has been acting as a statutory consultee for surface water within the planning process since April 2015. KCC is required to provide technical advice and guidance on planning applications in relation to surface water drainage strategies, designs and maintenance arrangements put forward by developers via the Local Planning Authority for major developments. The Drainage and Planning Policy Statement sets out the drainage requirements that KCC will require when reviewing surface water management provisions, which will seek to deliver the requirements of the Non-Statutory Technical Standards and National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). With recent changes in the NPPF and publication of DEFRA’s 25-Year Environment Plan, the Drainage and Planning Policy Statement has been revised to be consistent with them. 





·         Stay with present policy – these powers remain as they were and do not reflect recent changes in planning policy or lessons learned from performing this function. 

·         Revise Policy to be consistent with NPFF and DEFRA’s 25-Year Enforcement Plan


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than two Electoral Divisions;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Division affected: (All Division);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 12/11/2019

Decision due: Not before 11th Dec 2019 by Cabinet Member for Environment
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be publsihed for a minimum of 28 days in accordance to with statutory requirements

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Lead director: Katie Stewart

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

Contact: Max Tant, Flood and Water Manager 03000 413466 Email:


The consultation on the revised Drainage and Planning Policy Statement started on 19th August and ran until 30th September 2019. All consultation documents were available online at: 


The proposed decision was considered and endorsed at the Environment and Transport Cabinet Committee on 29 November.

Financial implications: Costs are met through the Lead Local Flood Authority budget

Legal implications: None

Equalities implications: EqIA undertaken and included in consultation. There were no Data Protection implications.


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