Flooding—flood searches
Produced in partnership with Argyll Environmental and Burges Salmon
Flooding—flood searches

The following Environment practice note Produced in partnership with Argyll Environmental and Burges Salmon provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Flooding—flood searches
  • Brexit impact
  • Introduction to flood searches
  • When are flood searches needed?
  • Property transactions
  • Corporate transactions
  • Finance transactions
  • Redevelopment
  • Types of flood searches
  • Flood risk screening report
  • More...

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Introduction to flood searches

Flooding has become an increasing environmental risk in the UK, with significant impacts for homeowners and businesses. Flood risk has escalated due to a number of factors including climate change, but perhaps most notably as a result of more extreme rainfall events and urbanisation trends. For example, 2012 was the second wettest year in the UK since records began. Floods such as those in 2012 will become increasingly common in the future, as climate change induces more extreme weather events. For more information about climate change and its impact on flooding, see News Analysis: A new era of climate change reality—a rising tide.

Urban areas are particularly sensitive to flooding as flood water cannot permeate hard standing paving and be stored in the underlying soils. As a result, areas at risk of flooding can no longer be assumed to be just those located in close proximity to rivers and streams.

Flood searches are now an important part

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