1. Registration and Refreshments

  2. Opening Remarks from the Morning Chair


    The Regulatory and Policy Framework

  4. Update on UK Climate Projections (UKCP18) and implications for flood risk planning and management

    Prof Jason Lowe
    Head of Climate Services, The Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services
  5. Outlining the objectives and implications of the UK National Infrastructure Assessment

    Publication of the UK’s first national infrastructure assessment in July makes recommendations for ensuring the needs and priorities of the country’s infrastructure are met, including delivering a nationwide standard of flood resilience by 2050. This presentation will outline key features of the assessment in the context of local flood risk planning.

    Matt Crossman
    Team Leader, Flood, Water & Waste, National Infrastructure Commission
  6. Insight into the new National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy

    The Environment Agency has taken a new approach to developing the latest FCERM Strategy, due to be published in 2019. The Strategy has been built in collaboration with the people and organisations who will play a role in delivering it or be affected by it’s actions. This presentation will look at what has been achieved to date, explore the benefits of the collaborative approach, and outline how the new strategy will shape FCERM looking forward to 2050.

    Clare Dinnis
    Deputy Director FCRM Strategy, Environment Agency
  7. Audience & Panel Discussion

    The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion around the current regulatory and policy framework for flooding and flood risk management in the UK. Delegates are encouraged to ask questions and share their own views on recent policy developments, including:

    • Are they enough of a move in the right direction?
    • What are the implications of these policies for Lead Local Flood Authorities?
    • What else needs to be done to encourage a more proactive and integrated approach to flood risk management at a local level?
    • Where should future investment in flood resilience and management be focused?
  8. Morning Refreshments and Networking


    Practical Solutions for Flood Risk Planning & Management

  10. Outlining how the Surface Water Management Action Plan (2018) will better manage the risks from surface water flooding

    • Outlining the content of the plan and the actions within it including how they will be implemented to achieve:
      • improved risk assessment and communication
      • strengthened delivery
    Alice Baverstock
    Flood Strategy & Planning, DEFRA
  11. Lead Local Flood Authority: How we are dealing with Surface Water Flooding

    • Outlining our approach to risk and strategies to support this
    • Clarifying how we expect to see potential flooding risk dealt with in planning applications
    Ruth Barnham
    Senior Flood and Water Officer, Northamptonshire County Council
  12. Q&A

  13. Water Company perspective: Managing flood risk through improving infrastructure resilience

    • Detailing how and where investment is currently being targeted to improve flood risk management and sustainable drainage
    • Outlining how drainage and wastewater management planning can help facilitate  partnership working between water companies and LLFAs
    Steena Nasapen-Watson
    Sustainable Sewerage Manager, Northumbrian Water
  14. Q&A

  15. Lunch and Networking

  16. Welcome Back from the Afternoon Chair

    Julia Beeden
    Flood Risk & Biodiversity Business Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council
  17. Moving from risk assessment to response on the ground – a city perspective of delivering adaptation

    • Setting the context – cities like Greater Manchester have an increasing level of ambition around adapting to climate change impacts, particularly flooding
    • Our emerging climate risk assessment – what is it telling us and what are we doing as a result (illustrated by GM’s flood risk and transport infrastructure work)
    • Putting the ‘green’ into our ‘Green City Region’ – how we’re prioritising a nature-based approach that maximises the benefits the City gets from its climate adaptation efforts
    • The need to act - our strategies need to drive action around our future climate risks and the spatial, funding and delivery challenges this presents
    Matt Ellis
    Climate Resilience Officer, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  18. NPPF: Examining changes to the management of flood risk in planning under the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

    • Assessing the impact of the requirement to assess “cumulative impacts of flood risk”
    • To what extent could the new requirements have an impact on existing Local Authority Flood Risk Assessments and sites identified for development in Local Plans?
      • implications of applying the exception test
      • balancing flood risk with a pragmatic and commercial approach
    • Exploring how the design, management and adoption of SuDs might be covered in future planning policy updates
    • How can planning guidance be used to encourage a holistic approach to SuDs implementation, considering flood risk alongside water quality, biodiversity and community benefits?
    Thomas Smith
    Flood Risk Consultant, Unda Consulting
  19. Considering flood risk as part of growth and development – approaches from the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford growth arc

    This case study presentation will demonstrate how catchment scale approaches to flood risk reduction and strategic scale growth proposals create opportunities for both better development and improved flood risk management.

    Laura Kitson
    Strategic Flood Risk Planning Advisor, Environment Agency
  20. Afternoon refreshments & networking

  21. Case Study: Designing a SuDS solution to maximise its multi-functional role and the holistic benefits it can provide

    Suzanne Scobie
    Associate, Infrastructure & Sustainability, AECOM
  22. Innovations in building and infrastructure design to adapt to changing climates and mitigate flood risk

    • Exploring approaches and technologies to withstand the impact of increasing storm intensity on the urban environment
    • Retrofitting properties with Property Flood Resilience (PFR): Detailing possible retrofit solutions and where they could be employed:
      • highlighting which type of PFR measures lend themselves more suitably to retrofitting
      • implementing resilient design into properties
      • solutions for reducing the cost of retrofitting properties
    • Examining recent new industry standards for property resilience and flood mitigation
    • What are the required next steps to attain a resilient built environment?

    Matthew Barker
    Technical Lead, BRE Centre for Resilience
  23. Closing remarks from the Chair and close of conference