Draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England

Publishing its draft risk management strategy for flood risk and coastal erosion, the Environment Agency has warned that any weakening of planning policy or its implementation could increase property damage from flooding by 38 per cent over the next 50 years.

The agency called for investment in "planning skills and capabilities" at councils, highways authorities and infrastructure providers within the next two years as part of efforts to "enable climate resilient places". The document states that a robust spatial planning process is essential to creating and maintaining places resilient to flooding and coastal change, especially in the face of changing climate. It adds that local planning authorities are crucial to getting the right kind of sustainable growth in the right. The agency adds that it intends to publish a national framework by 2024 that will identify the steps necessary for local authorities, businesses and residents to plan for risks associated with flooding and coastal erosion.

Author: Environment Agency

Date: May 2019 Date of publication

This item updates DCP section 4.165


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