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Government response on surface water flooding risk “does not meet scale of challenge”
A car splashes through a flooded Farringdon Lane in central London after a day of heavy rain.

Government response on surface water flooding risk “does not meet scale of challenge”

The government has today (13 March 2024) responded to the Commission’s study on reducing the risks of surface water flooding, published in November 2022. While it accepts the principles behind a number of the Commission’s recommendations, the government’s response – in the Commission’s view – makes few new commitments on steps to manage surface water...

13 Mar 2024 By
Go big where it counts to hit economic and climate goals, says Commission
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Go big where it counts to hit economic and climate goals, says Commission

Government must develop stronger staying power and focus on fewer, bigger, better targeted initiatives to deliver the infrastructure needed to meet its long term goals for economic growth and a lower carbon economy, the UK’s independent advisers on infrastructure have said. The last year has seen progress towards major infrastructure objectives “stutter further just as...

27 Mar 2023 By
James Heath at Water Industry Forum: Long term solutions to fix ‘too much, too little, too dirty’ water
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James Heath at Water Industry Forum: Long term solutions to fix ‘too much, too little, too dirty’ water

James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, addressed the Water Industry Forum’s annual dinner in Leeds yesterday (8 March 2023). In his remarks, he sets out the ‘triple challenge’ facing the sector and the need for a fresh approach that sets out clear goals and long term strategies for achieving them, supported by...

9 Mar 2023 By
Commission welcomes move to more sustainable drainage for new developments
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Commission welcomes move to more sustainable drainage for new developments

The government has today (10 January 2023) announced its intention to implement Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act in England (subject to consultation). This shift in policy will make sustainable drainage solutions the default for almost all new developments in England, and make the right to connect surface water runoff to public...

10 Jan 2023 By
Surface water flooding study: cost and impact note
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Surface water flooding study: cost and impact note

21 Dec 2022
600,000 properties face future flooding without action to reduce urban runoff and improve drainage systems
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600,000 properties face future flooding without action to reduce urban runoff and improve drainage systems

Stricter controls on new property developments alongside up to £12bn of investment in drainage infrastructure over the next thirty years will be necessary to stop thousands more homes and businesses from flooding due to inadequate drainage, according to a new report by the National Infrastructure Commission. Localised floods across England last month alongside a series...

29 Nov 2022 By
Reducing the risk of surface water flooding
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Reducing the risk of surface water flooding

The final report of the study on surface water flooding concludes that stricter controls on new property developments alongside up to £12bn of investment in drainage infrastructure over the next thirty years will be necessary to stop thousands more homes and businesses from flooding due to inadequate drainage

29 Nov 2022
Surface water flooding modelling technical annex: investment analysis
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Surface water flooding modelling technical annex: investment analysis

29 Nov 2022
Surface water flooding social research
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Surface water flooding social research

29 Nov 2022
Surface water flooding
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Surface water flooding

A study exploring how responsible bodies in England can better manage and mitigate surface water flooding.

29 Nov 2022
Surface water future risk and investment needs
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Surface water future risk and investment needs

29 Nov 2022
James Heath sets out Commission’s approach to surface water flooding
A car splashes through a flooded Farringdon Lane in central London after a day of heavy rain.

James Heath sets out Commission’s approach to surface water flooding

James Heath, Chief Executive of the National Infrastructure Commission, addressed a Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum event today (19 April 2022) on Priorities for water management. James’ speech sets out the approach the Commission is taking to its ongoing study on surface water flooding, including exploring the role of governance, performance standards and investment...

19 Apr 2022 By
Commission to investigate surface water flooding risks
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Commission to investigate surface water flooding risks

The government has asked the independent National Infrastructure Commission to investigate how the risks of surface water flooding can be better managed, following a spate of inland flooding incidents in recent months.  The Commission will seek to identify improvements needed to England’s drainage systems to manage and mitigate surface water flooding in both urban and rural areas.  Surface water flooding is the most common flood...

27 Oct 2021 By
Interim (2015) National Infrastructure Assessment: Water Modelling
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Interim (2015) National Infrastructure Assessment: Water Modelling

Data on demand and supply of water, and modelled projections.

13 Oct 2017

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