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Planning & Consent


Drainage Boards are not statutory consultees to the planning process but are the Land Drainage Authorities for their districts. The Local Planning Authority consults with us on most matters and regularly takes our advice.

The Boards support 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 ENV6 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, we support the Council’s 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 relevant Board.

We are currently working with the Lead Local Flood Authority at the Council to agree updated standing advice. We are also 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 Byelaws.

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

Further information is available in the byelaws and consents guidance below.


Cowick & Snaith Byelaws

Dempster Byelaws

Rawcliffe Byelaws

Reedness & Swinefleet Byelaws

Apply for Consent

ADOC LDA Consent Guidance

ADOC Land Drainage Application Form

Maintenance Strips

Although we work with arable farmers to manage crops (temporary planting), without the consent of the relevant 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 Boards to undertake their operations in an efficient and most importantly, a 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 relevant Board.

Although the Boards encourage 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.