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Understanding flood risk and the planning system in England – event for communities (London)

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5th December, 2022 : 5:00 pm 7:00 pm


The experience and risk of flooding is already a difficult reality for many people in England, and is likely to become more common in future as a result of climate change. Many people in communities affected by flooding are keen to work with those who manage flood risk to make their local areas safer.

The planning system plays a key role in helping to make places safer, by helping deliver the protection that is needed, and by making sure new development does not make flood risk problems worse. However, the planning system can be difficult to navigate and trying to get your voice heard can feel frustrating. 

This workshop will provide an introduction to the planning system, with a particular focus on the relationship between planning and flood risk.

The session will include:

  • A broad overview of the planning system in England
  • The planning system’s role in addressing flood risk – both in plan making (creating Local Plans) and development management (planning permissions)
  • Solutions for improving the reduction of flood risk
  • How communities can influence planning in their area
  • The organisations involved in flood risk management
  • Where to look for further information on flood risk in your area
  • An overview of recent updates to planning practice guidance on flood risk and coastal erosion

This workshop aims to support people to navigate the complexities of the planning system and gain confidence in engaging with the planning decisions that affect them. The session will be of benefit to individuals and community groups wishing to engage with the planning system to ensure that flood risk is identified, considered and appropriate action taken to reduce flood risk.  

These workshops are free to attend thanks to support from Flood Re and are being organised in partnership with the National Flood Forum. Participant information will be shared with the Flood Forum to support organisation of the event.

17 Carlton House Terrace
London, SW1Y 5AS United Kingdom
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