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Are we planning to flood? How can planners, developers and communities work together to build safer places for the future?

Wed 1 February, SOAS, University of London

We are pleased to share the  presentation slides from our conference and extend our thanks to the speakers for allowing us to do so.  Please click on the presentation name to access the slides and hit the back button to return to this page.

You can also view the Delegate Notes from the day.


Keynote Speech: Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Defra Parliamentary Under Secretary of State with responsibility for flooding will give an overview of the government’s flood risk management policy.  Unfortunately the Minister was unable to attend due to illness so her speech was delivered by David Cooper, Deputy Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management at Defra.  The speech has not been made available for us to publish.

Session 1 – What is the evidence that the communities and businesses we are building now will be flood resilient in the future? Chaired by Andy Johnston

Setting the scene – posing the question:  Paul Cobbing, Chief Executive, National Flood Forum

Planning & community groups: How & why our voice should be heard:  Robert Carey, Birdham and Earnley Flood Prevention Group in West Sussex

The evidence base – what do we need to do to create an adaptive society?  Daniel Johns, Committee on Climate Change

Evidence on social justice and flood disadvantage in the most vulnerable communities: Legacy of the recent developments:  Paul Sayers, Sayers and Partners in association with Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Session 2 – Developing places to live: Chaired by Edmund Penning-Rowsell, National Flood Forum Trustee

Communities working with developers:  Bob Haddon, Chair of Shifnal Flood Partnership Group

Community flood risk mapping pilots – do they offer a way to identify and address the flood risk impacts of development?  Richard Walker, Environment Agency

The right conditions for flooding?  The Hatch Farm case study:   Phiala Mehring, Chair of the Loddon Valley Residents Association

Integrated flood management and resilience on large scale development schemes:  Philip Harker, Homes and Communities Agency

A Lead Local Flood Authority perspective on neighbourhood planning:  Hannah Burgess, Staffordshire County Council

Session 3 – Existing communities: Reducing flood risk: Chaired by Jennifer Jarrett, National Flood Forum Trustee

Property Level Protection- Building for the future:   Graham Brogden, Chair of The Property Flood Resilience Action Plan

Opportunities for integration in flood risk management:  Simon Pratt, Thames Water

Planning for climate change – How English local plans are responding to the challenge of climate change:  Hugh Ellis, Town and Country Planning Association

Practical approaches to building resilient communities:  Sue Illman of Illman Young Landscape Design Ltd and Past President of the Landscape Institute

Case study:  Hammersmith and Fulham’s SuDS delivery in Highways:  Ian Hawthorn, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Evening reception: Building flood resilient communities for the future

Flooding in West Cumbria: Where do we go from here?  Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Minister for Flooding and Coastal Communities

How can planners, developers and communities work together to build safer places for the future? – The Environment Agency perspective:  John Curtin, Executive Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency

Sustainable flood insurance for the long term: Mark Hoban, Chairman, Flood Re

High Water Common Ground – a film about the vital role of communities in natural flood risk management.  Trailer presentation and insight from the director, Andy Clark, The Top of the Tree


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