National Flood Resilience Review response
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has reacted to the publication of the National Flood Resilience Review.
RIBA President Jane Duncan said:
“We welcome the Government’s National Flood Resilience Review, in particular its recognition of the clear need to think more strategically about how planning and urban design can help build in flood resilience into communities.
“Flood defences on their own are not enough to address increasing incidences of flooding. It is necessary to change our perception of water as a threat to our villages, towns and cities and start thinking about the water cycle at the earliest stages of planning and design processes.
“With the right approach, water sensitive urban design will not only help protect communities and businesses, but bring about additional social and economic benefits. We will continue to support Government in piloting this new approach through the Cumbria Floods Partnership, and would welcome the opportunity to help explore and demonstrate what can be achieved in Sheffield as part of Government’s pilot scheme. It is crucial to keep up momentum to ensure we do not continue to see lives, homes and businesses blighted by flooding in years to come.”
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