Designing for Flood Resilience

After the wettest winter on record in England (DEFRA ministerial statement 6 March 2014), which necessarily needed emergency responses, the focus is moving towards increasing flood resilience.

One such step has been the preparation of The Somerset Levels and Moors Flood Action Plan which recognises that a range of measures are needed across river catchments to help prevent flooding in the future. The careful planning and design of future development such that sustainable drainage systems (SDS) and techniques, which can be integrated as part of green infrastructure is more important than ever.

NPA has considerable expertise on advising on the integration of SDS into green infrastructure and landscape master plans and is an appointed consultant on the Environment Agency’s Water and Environment Management (WEM) framework. The River Marden project in Calne, Wiltshire is recognised by the River Restoration Centre as an excellent example of increasing flood resilience in urban areas.

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