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Staines-upon-Thames promenade which was flooded earlier this year. Image CC credit Marcin Cajzer

APPG launches 3rd Inquiry into UK flooding

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment (APPG for EBE) has announced its 3rd Inquiry, which will look at the problems caused to the UK by flooding and examine the potential for greater mitigation of these problems and significantly improving flood resilience including the potential for adaptation to changing environmental pressures.

The All Party Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry is now calling upon firms, organisations and individuals to submit evidence on how the country might best be able to deal with the problem posed by flooding and minimise the impact on homes, businesses, lives and the loss to the UK economy as a whole.

The Commission is particularly looking for evidence of practical strategies that will, for example, improve flood protection, adaptation and mitigation, enable a better assessment of flood risk and improvement in insurance and valuation issues. And for evidence that will exemplify effective coordination that will bring together organisations that have a part to play in any aspect of improving our prevention of, or resilience to, flooding.

The APPG for EBE Commission of Inquiry comprises members of both Houses of Parliament, senior members of the construction professions and key influencers and decision makers in other aspects of society.

Written submissions are requested to be received no later than 3 October 2014. There is no prescribed format for written submissions but they should be of reasonable length and possess a clear conclusion and recommendations for action and must be accompanied by all relevant appendices.

Written submissions should be send electronically to the APPGEBE Secretary, Graham Watts OBE at gwatts@cic.org.uk

The Commission of Inquiry will examine written submissions and will set up roundtable sessions, at which oral evidence will be presented to the Commission directly. It is hoped that these will give an opportunity for a candid and open discussion, exploring alternative viewpoints and leading to a pragmatic consensus.

The Commission will hold formal sessions, likely to be on Mondays (late afternoons/early evenings) in the Houses of Parliament or Portcullis House in late October and November 2014 and will invite selected organisations to present oral evidence in support of their submissions.

This will be the Committee’s third report. It has previously published “A better deal for public building” which set out a number of measures for improving construction procurement, including adopting the 2012 Construction Commitments on all public building projects over £100 million; and “Re-energising the green agenda” looking at how we can meet the carbon reduction targets and the need to re-energise the approach to sustainable construction.

Speaking about the enquiry, Oliver Colvile MP, chair of the APPGEBE said:

“As we saw during this winter’s storms, climate change is making flooding an increasingly serious threat to property in this country. Flood mitigation and resilience will need to play a bigger and bigger role in our considerations of the built environment. This is an exciting opportunity to hear from stakeholders about how government and industry can work to create a more flood resilient built environment and we look forward to receiving evidence from across the sector.”

The findings of the Inquiry into Flood Mitigation and Resilience will be published in early 2015.



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