Flood Free Homes Campaign

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The Flood Free Homes campaign is helping to ensure that by 2025 no UK home faces a high risk of flooding. The campaign is urging the Chancellor and future governments to think long term and increase spending on flood defences and maintenance. Two million homes in England and Wales are at risk of flooding from rivers and sea, with over 500,000 of these at ‘moderate’ risk or greater. Yet in both cash and real terms, flood defence spending has declined since 2010, with a shortfall of £500m between required and actual expenditure.

The Flood Free Homes campaign was launched by the Association of British Insurers and is supported by Friends of the Earth, Know Your Flood Risk, National Flood Forum, the Property Care Association’s Flood Protection Group and the BRE Centre for Resilience. It is supported by more than 80 MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates, who recognise the need to address the UK’s growing flood risk through new and maintained flood defences, sensible planning and long term solutions.

Flood Free Homes is campaigning for the following three actions:

  • INVEST – £1 billion per year to be spent by 2025, managing flood risk, to keep pace with climate change.
  • ADAPT – A zero tolerance of inappropriate new developments in areas at risk of flooding.
  • PLAN – Cross party consensus on ambitious, long term solutions that manage all types of flood risk.

Flooding has long been recognised as the greatest natural threat facing the UK. You can find out whether your property is likely to be at risk of flooding by visiting the Environment Agency flood map website http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/wiybyController?value=m262zs&lang=_e&ep=map&topic=floodmap&layerGroups=default&scale=9&textonly=off&submit.x=18&submit.y=7

Although useful, you may require further information in the form of a Flood Risk Assessment (FRA). The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) requires a FRA to be submitted alongside all planning applications for sites in areas of flood risk, or greater than one hectare in area, or where critical drainage problems exist.

If your property is at significant risk of flooding, you can benefit by signing up to the Environment Agency’s free flood warning service. This allows you investigate realistic actions to reduce the likelihood of your property being affected, potential ways to reduce the damage that flooding can cause and methods to reduce the cost of repair and re-insurance.

The LK Group can advise on these issues and recommend cost-effective, practical solutions. For further information contact Mark Jones at m.jones@thelkgroup.com