Government publishes long-term plan to tackle the risks of flooding and coastal erosion

Government publishes long-term plan to tackle the risks of flooding and coastal erosion

Environment analysis: The government has published its long term plan to tackle the risks of flooding and coastal erosion. This comprehensive plan includes significant investment to create approximately 2,000 new flood and coastal defences to better protect 336,000 properties in England by 2027. The policy statement builds on the approach taken in the 25 Year Plan. The goals of the strategy are to ‘create a nation more resilient to future flood and coastal erosion risk and in doing so, reduce the risk of harm to people, the environment and the economy’. The policy also introduces proposed changes to the Flood Re insurance scheme, a new Innovative Resilience Programme and accelerated flood defence construction.

Defra has published its Flood and coastal erosion risk management: Policy Statement (Policy Statement). The new plan is the most comprehensive in a decade, and includes proposed investment of £5.2bn to create around 2,000 new flood and coastal defences to better protect 336,000 properties in England by 2027, alongside support to help households and businesses recover more quickly after flooding. This policy statement builds on the approach taken in the 25 Year Plan and in the National Adaptation Programme and sets out national goals specifically for flooding and coastal erosion.

For more information on the 25 Year Plan see Practice Note: 25 Year Environment Plan Tracker.

What is the background to the Policy Statement?

Flooding and coastal erosion can cause significant damage and disruption to infrastructure, properties, health, wellbeing, land and natural habitats. Risks from flooding and coastal change are recognised in the government’s UK Climate Change Risk Assessment. As climate change leads to sea level rise and more extreme rainfall, the number of people at risk from flooding and coastal erosion continues to grow. The UK Climate Projections 2018 show an increased chance

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Andrea is a Professional Support Lawyer at LexisNexis, specialising in environmental law. She has a background in contaminated land and environmental insurance, and a Masters degree in waste management. She qualified in 1997 at Browne Jacobson and later worked in the Environment and Planning team at SJ Berwin, before moving in house to work as Senior Solicitor at Certa (UK) Ltd. More recently Andrea has worked as a legal consultant, completing projects for blue chip companies. Andrea is an active member of the UK Environmental Law Association.