Flooding and development — risks and tools
The recent spate of storms has brought to the fore the catastrophic effect flooding can have on communities and the land they occupy. These effects are also felt by developers, as flooding brings construction to a halt and threatens the profitable and timely delivery of units.
This article is intended to offer developer clients an insight into the current state of play with flooding policy, as well as providing an overview of some of the resources available to prevent unnecessary risk and make informed decisions.
Environment Agency figures show that one in six homes in England are built in an area identified as at risk of flooding. This statistic, together the frequency of floods in recent years, has forced the issue onto the political agenda. Successive governments have therefore sought to refine our environmental legislation and create new duties for public authorities to embed flood risk management in their work…
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