ADA has welcomed today’s publication of the NFU’s Flooding Manifesto as a positive addition to the debate about the future management and funding of flood and coastal risk management in England and Wales. We agree that the UK needs a robust long-term plan to strategically manage flood risk in England and Wales, and strongly support more decisions being taken at a local level within catchments.To enable rural areas to play their fullest part in managing flood risk we need to ensure sufficient time, effort and money are put into initiatives that work with local communities and land managers and embrace a total catchment management approach. That is one where flooding is managed from source to sea, incorporating both innovative attenuation techniques, such as natural flood management and sustainable drainage systems, with existing and new flood defences, and the appropriate management of watercourses, associated structures, and our coastal defences.
ADA recommends that all parties involved seize the opportunity to unlock the use of land to store flood water more sustainably in the future whilst supporting profitable agriculture and rural business. This will require work to establish a consistent method for valuing land at today’s prices and provide the basis to encourage and promote the use of land for public benefit whilst ensuring that fair and consistent levels of compensation are paid when that land is flooded for public benefit.
ADA has been supporting local decision making in water and flood risk management across England and Wales, including:
To facilitate greater local decision making in flood and coastal risk management we hope that the Government will work to:
Taking part in today’s launch of the NFU’s Flooding Manifesto, ADA’s Chief Executive Innes Thomson said “I am pleased that farmers and landowners readily accept that they must play an increasingly important role in helping to control flood risk. If they are prepared to provide a public benefit at some expense to their income, then it is only fair that they should be appropriately recompensed for the benefit that they are providing to others “.