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National Flood Resilience Review: RIBA response

National Flood Resilience Review response

09 September 2016

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.”


Notes to editors:

  1. For further press information contact the RIBA Press Office +44 (0)20 7307 3761
  2. The Royal Institute of British Architects (@RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment.

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