LI joins group to tackle flood risk
In a joint policy statement developed by ICE, CIWEM, RIBA, RICS, RTPI, RUSI and the Landscape Institute the group, which collectively represents over a quarter of a million built environment professionals, says it is no longer feasible to continue trying to defend communities from all flood risk and future strategies will have to be based on building flood resilience into urban design and community support.
The statement stresses that resilience measures will need to contribute to creating quality urban environments and to manage the wider aspects of the water cycle.
David Balmforth, chair of the multi-institutional group, said: “Flooding is a very real risk in the UK and one that is only going to get worse. If we rely solely on flood defences and ever larger drainage conduits, we will not be able to keep pace with climate change.
“We need to rethink our approach to urban design and the development of our urban communities. Flood risk management must be at the front of the planning and development process, not at the end.”
The policy statement has been produced as a guide for the built environment professions as well as government bodies and wider industry.
To download the statement, click here.