Flood Risk Assessment for Developers, Planners & Lawyers

CPD Course

This course provides an introduction to UK flood Risk Assessment (FRA) policy, requirements of an FRA and how to undertake a FRA for planning purposes

Campus Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Course CPD Course
Length 1 day - Date TBA

Led by:  

  • Mike Wellington - Martin Wright Associates (BEng (Hons)  MSc CEng CEnv FICE RMaPS)
  • Nick Mills - Landmark (TAP DIP.)
  • Matt Fox-Environment Agency (BSc, MSc)


What are the benefits of participating?

  • Certificate of completion
  • Course certified by CPD Certification Service
  • Landmark Certificate
  • Practitioner-led courses
  • Access to tutors for up to one month after course date
  • Affordable CPD courses
  • Learn about PLPs, SUDS, flood modelling and the latest flood-related policies
  • Network with experts and peers in the field of Flood Risk Assessment
  • Hands-on experience
  • Access to University of Chester library resources for two months after course date
  • Access to industry standard software
  • A copy of the course notes to take away

The course will be delivered using a mixture of the following:

  • Presentations and discussions
  • Interactive group exercises
  • A desk-based FRA
  • LOCATION: University of Chester

You will learn about:

  • UK flood policy and Legislation, Legal Powers and Responsibilities
  • Land Drainage & Development
  • Drainage terminology and designations
  • What are Flood Risk Assessment and Flood Consequence Assessments and when is one required
  • What the planning authority is looking for?
  • The NEW surface water Maps- NAPRA
  • What are SUDS and SABS? What is required for planning applications?
  • Submitting an FRA: What to consider.
  • Getting Data: Submitting your FRA and/or for litigation (Practical hand-on session using Landmap)
  • Code for Sustainable Homes - Category 4: Surface Water Run-off. (Sur1 Management of Surface Water Run-off from Developments and Sur 2 – Flood Risk Assessment)


What are the learning outcomes?

Successful students will meet the following Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding 

1. Understand fundamental UK flood policies and laws

2. Understand the requirements of flood risk assessment

3. Understand the fundamentals of Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS)

Subject-specific Skills 

4. Evaluate flood risk assessment requirements at site-specific scale

5. Demonstrate effective use of relevant data for FRA

6. Select appropriate information for submission of a FRA to planning authority

Key Skills 

7. Abstract and synthesise information from a variety of sources

8. Undertaking desk-based FRA

9. Demonstrate an ability to take a reasoned and logical approach to problem solving


There is no formal assessment for the course but a certificate will only be issued upon completion of class-based exercise.

Prerequisites: No qualifications required.

Available to: Property developers, planners, lawyers and law professionals.