Environment Agency ISSUE 9 Environment Agency representations to Inspector Draft Programme dated 11 March 2013. Author: Michael Holm, Sustainable Places Advisor – Wessex Area Dated 05 April 2013 ISSUE 9: Ilminster Questions – 9.1 Is the vision and the proposal for growth and change in this area appropriate and justified, including in relation to national guidance and local needs, and in terms of economic, social and environmental impact? Is it founded on an appropriate sustainability appraisal and has appropriate consideration been given to issues of agricultural land value, topography/ /landscape, flood risk, biodiversity, highway impact, and archaeology? Environment Agency representation: The principles of Climate Change Policy EQ1 should prevent inappropriate development being located in the Flood Risk areas through the application of National Planning Policy Framework’s Sequential Test. We consider that there will be an engineering solution to the management of surface water within the strategic allocations to prevent increasing flood risk to the downstream catchment. This will need to be demonstrated within site specific flood risk assessments.