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Welsh Government Launches Consultation on Schedule 3 of Flood & Water Management Act 2010

The Welsh Government has launched an open consultation on the implementation of Schedule 3 of the Flood & Water Management Act 2010.

The EFRA Committee publishes Post-legislative scrutiny: Flood and Water Management Act 2010

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) has published its Post-legislative scrutiny: Flood and Water Management 2010 report. In its report, the Environment Food, and Rural Affairs Committee criticises the Government’s sub-standard sustainable drainage (SuDS) approaches. Read the report summary Read the conclusions and recommendations Read the full report: Post-legislative scrutiny: Flood and Water […]

Government is ‘Missing Opportunities’ to Protect Communities from Flooding

The Government has been strongly criticised by MPs for failing to heed a report calling for far-reaching reforms to better protect communities from flooding. In November, the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee called for an overhaul of governance and flood management in England (MPs Demand Major Flood Reforms). Now the Efra committee […]

EFRA MPs Demand Major Flood Reforms

UK MPs have called for a root-and-branch review of flood management in England and major reforms to the way it is governed.  An influential parliamentary select committee says that current flood management is “inefficient, fragmented and ineffective”. Far-reaching changes intended to achieve more joined-up, holistic and catchment-based flood management are outlined in the Future Flood […]

Water Sector Invites Views for 21st Century Drainage Programme

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Water UK, the organisation which represents the UK Water Companies, is seeking stakeholder views as the latest step in its 21st Century Drainage Programme. A new and wide-ranging report invites a consultative response as part of the initiative which is looking at the future for resilient drainage systems in the UK and aiming to stimulate […]

National Flood Resilience Review Published

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The UK Government’s much-anticipated review of National Flood Resilience has been published with a commitment to providing vulnerable communities with more temporary defences, a new approach to fluvial and coastal flood risk modeling and better protection of key infrastructure. Prompted by the lessons learned from the floods of the winter of 2015-2016, the review focuses […]

Defra Launches a Competition on Flood Risk Management in Cumbria

A competition to encourage innovative and practical approaches to flood risk management in Cumbria following the winter’s flooding has been launched by the UK Government. Building on the work of the Cumbria Floods Partnership, the aim of the competition is to create an opportunity for a wide range of interested parties to apply their expertise […]

European Cities “Must Step Up Adaptation Efforts”

Cities across Europe must step up their adaptation efforts if they are to handle the increasingly complex challenges caused by climate change such as flooding and drought, a new European Environment Agency (EEA) report has warned The EEA report Urban adaptation to climate change in Europe 2016 – transforming cities in a changing climate stresses the benefits […]

Cumbria Flood Action Focuses on Long-Term Catchment Planning

The Government has set out its Cumbria Flood Action Plan entitled “Reducing Flood Risk from Source To Sea”, it sets outs the first steps towards an integrated catchment plan for Cumbria.  Cumbria Flood Action Plan In addition to the much-needed short-term actions made in response to the Storm Desmond flooding, the plan outlines longer term measures to protect communities […]

Engineered and natural solutions both needed to tackle urban flood risk

A new briefing note by the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST) collates current expert opinion to provide a valuable policy review on Adapting Urban Areas to Flooding. The note stresses that “there is no single solution that can manage all flood risk”.  Instead “a portfolio of engineered and natural solutions can be implemented” […]

Reactive Flood Defence Funding is Unacceptable, warn MPs

The Government’s reactive approach to spending on flood defences and a lack of long-term strategic planning is failing to protect communities at risk of flooding, a new report by an influential committee of MPs is warning. The Environmental Audit Committee, chaired by Labour MP Mary Creagh,  published its findings following an inquiry: Flooding: Cooperation Across Government.  Final report. […]

Government Commits to Review SuDS Delivery in England

As deliberations over the Housing and Planning Bill near their final stages, the Government has committed to conducting a statutory review of the effectiveness of the SuDS planning policy introduced in England in April 2015.  However, the timing of the review has yet to be confirmed. As part of the ‘ping-pong’ progression of the bill […]

Lords Vote in Favour of SuDS Amendment to Housing Bill

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The House of Lords has voted in favour of an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill that would force widespread implementation of Sustainable Drainage Systems in all new developments in England. The amendment has received a huge show of support from professional water industry, construction and environmental groups. However, the amendment would need to […]

EIC Proposes Ten Point Plan for Flood Policy Reform

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) has proposed a Ten Point Plan to the Government to ‘reboot’ flood policy in the light of the National Flood Resilience Review. In a new report, Turning the Tide, the EIC sets out new policy recommendations for flood policy reform. The Environmental Industries Commission’s members include a wide range of […]

Sustainable Water Strategy for Northern Ireland

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A new long-term water strategy for Northern Ireland has been launched, setting out a range of initiatives to deliver the Northern Ireland Executive’s long-term goal of a sustainable water sector in the region.

Flood Re Insurance Scheme Goes Live

The Flood Re insurance scheme designed to help insurance companies provide affordable cover for properties at high risk of flooding is now operating, after gaining approval from financial regulators. Flood Re will enable insurers to offer competitive premiums and lower excesses for an estimated 350,000 homes across the UK located in areas at high risk of flooding.Flood Re was […]

Chancellor promises £700 million for extra flood defences

An additional £700 million spending on flood defences was announced as part of Chancellor George Osborne’s March budget. The extra funds are on top of the £2.3bn of planned spending up to 2021 and exceed the Government’s commitment to building 1,500 flood defence schemes. Yorkshire and Cumbria, which were badly hit by flooding at the […]

Lords urge Government to consider critical infrastructure status for SuDS

A House of Lords select committee has recommended that the Government takes a more proactive approach to the provision of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), including re-considering the option of a separate approval regime critical infrastructure status for SuDS. The National Policy for the Built Environment committee’s report asserts the importance of delivering a better built environment,  but expresses concerns […]

National Flood Resilience Review Confirmed

The Government has confirmed details of the National Flood Resilience Review first announced last month following Storm Desmond to assess how the country can be better protected from future flooding and increasingly extreme weather events. Chaired by Oliver Letwin, the review team will  include the Government’s Chief Scientist, Defra, DECC, DCLG, HM Treasury and the Chief Executive […]

New SUDS Guidance for Scotland

The SUDS Working Party in Scotland has published The Water Assessment and Drainage Assessment Guide (WADAG). This supersedes previous guidance ‘Drainage Assessment: A Guide for Scotland’. The WADAG is intended to help guide developers, planners and others involved in water and drainage infrastructure through the necessary stages to obtain relevant permissions and comply with standards […]

Scottish Govt Launches £235m Flood Risk Management Plan

The Scottish Government has announced a £235m flood risk management plan to protect up to 10,000 properties from the risk of flooding. The Flood Risk Management plan contains 14 local strategies and proposals for 42 flood protection schemes or engineering works planned for 2016-21 and a range of other flood alleviation measures. This will be supported […]

EFRA Committee Seeks Answers to Recent Flooding

EFRA Committee questions EA executives about flooding The parliamentary Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) has questioned community representatives and senior Environment Agency executives on recent flooding in the UK. The one-off enquiry, which took place on 6 January 2016, was organised in response to Storm Desmond in early December. Since then, Storms Eva and Frank […]

Move Flood Defences Upstream with “Blue Sky” Technology, say flood engineering experts

Installation of one of the Hydro-Brake® Flow Controls at Wigan

An unconventional flood defence technology that holds back river water in the hills above low-lying towns and cities could help prevent future misery as climate change makes severe and intense events more likely, say technology experts. As a review  begins into the effectiveness of flood defences that were unable to fully protect thousands of homes […]

Government Announces National Flood Resilience Review

The Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced a National Flood Resilience Review, following the Cumbria floods, to to better protect the country from future flooding and increasingly extreme weather events. She said that review, to be delivered by a new cross Government team, would look afresh at how  flood risk is calculated in light of recent events. This […]

Ofwat Resilience Task Force Calls For Water Company Drainage Plans

An expert industry task group set up consider how the UK’s water infrastructure can become more resilient  has concluded there should be national wastewater and sewerage strategy, and that each water company should have a wastewater, sewerage and drainage plan, linked to SuDS. The recommendations of the Resilience Task and Finish Group will feed into […]

CIRIA SuDS Manual is Significantly Updated

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The SuDS Manual, the key guidance for all those involved in designing, building and operating Sustainable Drainage Systems has been significantly updated to provide a comprehensive reference document, reflecting current thinking and drive future delivery of multi-functional SuDS. Launched at a successful event at the House of Commons on 12 November, CIRIA (753) The SuDS Manual is […]

Thames Launches £20m Twenty 4 Twenty SuDS Campaign

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Thames Water has launched the Twenty 4 Twenty initiative –  a £20m campaign aimed at transforming at least 20 hectares of hard, impermeable surfaces into sustainable drainage projects over the next five years. The water company hopes the SuDS will ease pressure on the sewer network, reducing the risk of sewer flooding and pollution.Twenty 4 Twenty will focus […]

“Radical” London SuDS Action Plan Opens for Consultation

A “radical” action plan for SuDS aiming to bring about a “step change” in how rainwater is managed in the Capital has been announced.  The plan is needed to prevent over-capacity in London’s sewers that could risk major flooding by 2050, according to a new draft report led by the Mayor of London. The London Sustainable Drainage […]

Automatic Planning Permission For Brownfield Homes Sites

Granting automatic planning permission for housebuilding on brownfield sites is among ‘historic’ measures brought forward in the Government’s new Housing and Planning Bill, aimed at turning ‘generation rent into generation buy’. The plans announced by Housing Minister Brandon Lewis also include a new legal duty placed on councils to guarantee the provision of 200,000 Starter Homes on all reasonably […]

UK Body Calls for Joined-up Research into Floods and Droughts

The research arm of leading water UK water organisation has called for more joined-up approach between industry, Government and funding bodies to achieve more whole-system thinking to tackle water challenges. Looking for new ways to ensure security of water supply and resilience from floods and drought is essential according to the report by UK Water […]