1. Registration and Refreshments

  2. Opening Remarks from the Morning Chair

    Hannah Coogan Hannah Coogan
    Technical Director, Flood Risk Management, JBA Consulting
  3. Update on National Flood Risk Management Policy and the Impact on Local Risk and Resilience Planning

    • Presenting results of the Draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy consultation (Summer 2019) and next steps
    • Detailing policy aspirations going forward:
      • developing a suite of tools that can be used to deliver flood and coastal resilience 
      • the use of Adaptive Pathways for better decision-making
      • better preparing communities through educational programmes and accessible digital information
      • how might the framework for funding change in future?
      • strategies to drive engagement and partnership between local government, communities and businesses
    Jez Westgarth Jez Westgarth
    FCRM National Resilience and Adaptation Manager, Environment Agency
  4. Examining to What Extent the 25-Year Environment Plan Represents a Robust and Long-Term Strategy for Building UK Flood Resilience

    • Update on the draft National Policy Statement on Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management
    • Achieving better flood resilience: the launch of DEFRA’s Community Resilience Pathfinder Scheme  
  5. Local Authority Perspective on the New FCERM Framework and the Challenges to its Implementation

    • The importance of translating the FCERM strategic objectives into measures that are implementable
    • How these measures will impact different legislative and regulatory frameworks and how they will be translated into an action plan
    • Cost estimation and funding to implement these actions
    • Cooperation with other stakeholders such as Water Companies
    Patricia Cuervo Patricia Cuervo
    Senior Flood and Water Management Officer, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  6. Q&A

  7. Morning Refreshments & Networking

  8. Practically Using UKCP18 Climate Tools for Long-Term Flood Risk Management and Resilience Planning

    • Evaluating the different tools available; their strengths and limitations. 
    • Exploring how different users are starting to exploit UKCP18 results when developing local flood risk and water resource plans 
    • Harnessing technology to better monitor and predict flooding with actionable advance warning
    • To what extent do climate change predictions need to be given more emphasis in planning for surface water flooding mitigation? 
    • Next steps: Online training material for using UKCP18 and other data products being developed, and timescales for their launch
    • Practically using climate projection tools for local flood risk planning
    Jonathan Glerum Jonathan Glerum
    Regional Flood Risk Manager, Anglian Water
  9. Funding: Identifying Different Funding Mechanisms and Partnership Solutions to Help Unlock Government Funding for Flood Risk Management Projects

    • Identifying potential funders and sources of funding
    • Examining the schemes and mechanisms available to draw down funding successfully and how to bid for these
    • Assessing the extent to which current funding criteria needs to change to enable more projects to access available funds
    • Examples of successfully unlocking different funding sources
  10. Audience & Panel Discussion: Delivering FCERM Policy on the Ground

    The morning presentations will be followed by an audience and panel discussion around the current regulatory, policy and funding frameworks for flood risk management in the UK. Delegates are encouraged to ask questions and share their own views on how the industry can move forward - what are the barriers and opportunities and how can the policy aims be achieved effectively?

  11. Networking Lunch


    Managing Flood Risk in Planning

  13. Achieving Innovative Housing Solutions Within the New National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

    • Assessing the impact of new NPPF requirements relating to flooding for new housing design and planning:
      • applying the exception test
      • assessing “cumulative impacts of flood risk”
      • balancing flood risk with a pragmatic and commercial approach 
    • Examining how planning guidance is encouraging a holistic approach to flood risk, considering water quality, biodiversity and community benefits  
    Richard Coutts Richard Coutts
    Principal, Baca Architects
  14. Examining the Impact of Introducing Schedule 3 (SuDS) in Wales and Likely Wider Implications

    • Outlining the background to the decision to implement Schedule 3 into legislation
    • Examining the impact the new regulations have had on existing and subsequent planning applications, both for developers and SABs:
      • highlighting the benefits of including SuDS in development planning
      • to what extent has this changed roles or increased workloads for LLFAs and water companies?
    • Detailing what is being done to encourage the implementation of multi-beneficial SuDS
    • Assessing how best practice in SuDS might now evolve across England and Wales

    Surface Water Management

  16. Managing Surface Water in the City: The London Sustainable Drainage Action Plan

  17. Audience & Panel Discussion: Practical Approaches to Surface Water Management and SuDS Implementation and Adoption

    The presentations will be followed by an audience and panel discussion on surface water management and how different LLFAs are practically interpreting current guidance. Delegates are encouraged to share their own approaches to surface water management and their views and experiences on SuDS implementation and how adoption and maintenance of schemes can be facilitated.  

  18. Afternoon Refreshments


    Case Studies: Enhancing Flood Resilience through Innovation, Collaboration and Partnership

    This session will feature a series of town and project case studies demonstrating effective partnership and integrated approaches to flood risk management. 

  20. Humber 2100+ A New Strategy for Managing Risk in a Changing Environment

    • The Humber – its scale and importance 
    • The Strategy – our journey
    • Working together in partnership
    • Humber ambitions – importance of place based priorities
    • Managing risk in a changing environment – focus on resilience and adaptation
    Helen Todd Helen Todd
    Humber Flood Risk Manager, Environment Agency
    Dr David Hickman Dr David Hickman
    Head of Environment, Lincolnshire County Council
  21. Q&A

  22. Closing Remarks from the Chair and Close of Conference