Plain dealing

Think tank: Localis

Author(s): Grace Newcombe

November 22, 2021

This report from UK think tank Localis looks at how to build for flood resilience.

The UK is experiencing more extreme weather events including flooding and rising sea-levels. The planning system must absorb and adapt to new circumstances wrought by climate change, with flooding a particular area of concern. This is most clearly manifest at the local level, where multiple pressures arise from the twin challenges of increasing housing supply and mitigating against flood risk. As such, development on flood risk areas sits at the intersection of the housing and climate crises. Plain Dealing looks at the current policy landscape for flood resilience, measures the heated debate around the issue and puts forwards suggestions for a balanced approach to resilience and resistance when meeting housing demand.