Consent is required for any works which will alter the flow of a watercourse, irrespective of whether works are permanent or temporary.
You must follow the environmental permitting rules, administered by the Environment Agency, if you want to do work on or near a main river, on or near a flood defence or in a flood plain. Please see link for more details: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/flood-risk-activities-environmental-permits. North Worcestershire Water Management must be consulted for all works relating to ordinary watercourses.
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The following watercourses are (partly) classed as Main Rivers:
North Worcestershire Water Management recommends a Water Management Statement (WMS) to accompany all planning applications where water will be used and/or disposed of. Using a WMS will help ensure that all relevant aspects of flood risk and water management will be covered when applying for planning permission.
North Worcestershire Water Management is a shared District Council service covering Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest.
As Local Planning Authorities, these District Councils have a responsibility to ensure that new developments provide suitable drainage conditions in order to avoid creating or exacerbating flood risk within their local communities. Local Planning Authorities should also ensure that the development contributes to and enhances the natural and local environment, for instance by minimising the impacts on biodiversity and water quality.
The District Councils consult North Worcestershire Water Management regularly. In addition, they are also required to consult with the relevant Water Authority, Environment Agency and Highway Authority, all of whom can advise upon attaching a variety of drainage conditions.
North Worcestershire Water Management is therefore adopting a holistic approach to land drainage and water management, considering all components of the water cycle, in order to provide economic, environmental and social benefits to local communities within North Worcestershire.
At present we do not charge for pre-application advice or consultation on the water management aspect.
We recognise that there is a wide variety of planning applications and have therefore produced two advice notes covering household applications and larger applications, offering guidance on the production of a water management statement.
NWWM are currently trialling this Water Management Statement and therefore welcome any feedback which will enable us to improve it for future users.