The NFU’s response answers the following questions with an agricultural and horticultural perspective:
1. How effectively do the new government policy statement and Environment Agency strategy meet the challenge posed by a changing climate?
2. Are the current national and local governance and co-ordination arrangements for floods and coastal risk management in England effective?
3. What level of investment will be required in future in order to effectively manage flood risk in England, and how can this best be targeted?
4. How can communities most effectively be involved, and supported, in the policies and decisions that affect them?
5. With increasing focus on natural flood management measures, how should future agricultural and environmental policies be focussed and integrated with the government’s wider approach to flood risk?
6. How can housing and other development be made more resilient to flooding, and what role can be played by measures such as insurance, sustainable drainage and planning policy?
7. What lessons can be learned from the recent winter floods about the way government and local authorities respond to flooding events?
In our response we have paid particular interest to the new Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMs), Natural Flood Management and Sustainable Drainage Systems. While taking the opportunity to highlight the issues that members have been experiencing with the Farming Recovery Fund.
All written submissions will be published on the EFRA Select Committee’s website. The EA provided oral evidence to the committee in July. The next committee session to discuss this inquiry takes place on 1 September 2020.
If you have been effected by flooding or need some guidance or advice then contact NFU CallFirst on 0370 845 8458.
More of the NFU's work on flooding for members: