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Planning & Consent


The Board is not a statutory consultee to the planning process but is the Land Drainage Authority in the district we are responsible for. We work closely with our Local Planning Authority. The Planning Authority consults with us on most matters and regularly takes our advice.

The Board supports the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Local Plan policy on flood risk which can be found here: East Riding Local Plan

Specifically we support policy ENV 6 which can be found on page 150 of the Strategy Document.

At planning consultation stage applications must be supported with evidence to show that a development will not increase the volume of runoff due to rainfall, will not prevent maintenance, cause harm to watercourses or any other drainage board apparatus. Again the Board supports the Councils technical approach to the design of surface water drainage systems, a link to their standing advice can be found here Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) & Surface Water Drainage Requirements For New Development.

Failure to provide the correct or adequate technical supporting information as a part of a planning application may result in an objection from the Board.

The Board is currently working with Lead Local Flood Authority at the Council to agree updated standing advice. The Board is also currently developing a revised planning policy.


Development Control and Land Drainage Consent

If anybody wishes to carry out works on or near a watercourse or a development is likely to have an impact on the local land drainage system they will need land drainage consent. Consent is a derogation from Land Drainage Legislation and Local Land Drainage Bylaws.

Failure to obtain consent prior to an activity may mean you are committing an offence.

Further information is available in our bylaws and consents policy below.

Maintenance Strips

Although we work with arable farmers to manage crops (temporary planting), without the consent of the Board it is an offence to erect any building or structure, whether temporary or permanent, or plant any tree, shrub, willow or similar growth within 9 meters of a watercourse.

Maintenance strips are essential to allow the Board to undertake its operations in an efficient and most importantly safe way.

If in doubt contact us.

Stewardship Schemes

If you are a land owner and you are considering entering a stewardship (or similar scheme) and the land you would like to use for this scheme is within 9 meters of a watercourse you may first require the consent of the Board.

Although the Board encourages environmental improvement we cannot guarantee that damage will not be caused to a stewardship scheme as we go about our legal maintenance activities.

We would encourage landowners to only enter into these schemes outside of the 9m maintenance strip.

Please speak to us before applying for such a scheme.