CONSULTATION: Future Flood Prevention

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee needs your views on future flood prevention in England following severe flooding this winter. The Committee are inviting you to send in your views about the latest developments on future flood prevention in England following severe flooding this winter. The deadline for submissions to the inquiry is Tuesday 15 March 2016.

Flooding this winter has affected many communities across the UK, costing more than £5 billion and disrupting thousands of peoples’ lives and businesses. Record rainfall was recorded in some areas and the consequent floods overwhelmed defences. The Committee is asking you for written evidence on four key topics:  

  • Predicting the future:
    • Are the Environment Agency and Met Office models that predict rainfall patterns and the likelihood of future floods fit for purpose?
    • Do they correctly calculate the costs of future flooding to communities?
  • Protecting communities and infrastructure:
    • How adequately do defences protect communities and agricultural land from floods and do current funding arrangements target spending in the right way?
  • Managing water flows:
    • How effectively do Defra and the Environment Agency’s policies encourage innovative approaches to managing risk such as slowing the flow of water in urban and rural river catchment areas and promoting water storage?
  • Planning for floods:
    • How well do planning policies ensure new buildings are not put in areas of high flood risk nor where they would increase risk to others?
    • How well do new developments incorporate sustainable drainage and flood-resilient buildings?

The scope of the inquiry web page provides more detailed information on the topics the Committee would particularly like your views on.

How to send your views to the Committee

Send your written submissions to the Committee via Parliament’s website: Future flood prevention - written submission form