Government consults on flood risks


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has published 2 consultation papers looking at ways to improve the UK's flood and coastal erosion risks.

Consultation on promoting property-level flood protection and resilience

This consultation looks at ways that people can prevent or minimise the impact of floods on their homes and properties themselves. Some of the options discussed include:
  • free home surveys
  • government grants

Anyone who owns a property in areas at risk of flooding (including landlords, planning authorities and developers) may find this consultation paper of interest.

Consultation on policy statement on appraisal for flooding and coastal erosion risk management

This paper will set out guidance for the Environment Agency, local authorities, drainage boards, and other interested parties including the public on how to appraise and invest appropriately in minimising the risk of floods and coastal erosion.

Also contained in the policy statement is a statement that the Government is likely to undertake a "major review" of legislation relating to flooding and water issues and the new legislation will be progressed through 2009 and 2010.

The deadline for responses to the consultation papers is 31 October 2008.

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