… concludes a new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment.
“We have what is described as the most disconnected water management system in the world. Too many organisations have responsibility for aspects of water and drainage and they are under no obligation to cooperate even where it is essential to deliver resilience.” Tony Burton, chair of the Construction Industry Council and a member of the APPG Commission of Inquiry
The next government should appoint a Cabinet champion on flooding and drought,
The report states that flood resilience and water management are as important as transport and power and “… should have the same political priority as the development of High Speed 2” It calls for a coordinated, long-term flood and water management strategy to protect homes and infrastructure against the increased flooding – whilst at the same time protecting against increased water scarcity caused by drought.
Entire System Under Threat
Chairman, Oliver Colvile, Conservative MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, said: “Increased urbanisation and climate change is likely to increase the risk of flooding and our entire national infrastructure including water supply and our drainage network is under threat”
One is Six Homes at Risk of Flooding
The Environment Agency says 5.2 million homes are currently at risk of flooding. The report recommends that building Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) – which mimic nature including ponds and shales – should be a key part of the strategy, which also enriching the environment. Local authorities must plan for the adoption and maintenance of SuDS through council-run SuDS Approval Bodies.
Key Recommendations include the need for :-
- Strong leadership
- More cash for maintenance
- Retrofitting for resilience:
- Better design standards
- Using insurance to incentivise resilience:
- A bigger role for professionals in the built environment: (read report)
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