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Planning for Flooding

The RTPI Cymru Spring Conference: Planning for Flooding held on 28 April 2010 in Llanduno, is the first event held in Wales to discuss flooding following Royal Assent of the Flood and Water Management Act on 8 April 2010.

The Conference Chair, Andrew Grime, Director of Weetwood, and RTPI representative on the Inter-Institutional Flood Group outlined the Joint Policy Statement agreed by the Group to the Conference.

Chris Mills, Director of the Environment Agency Wales, commenced the Conference with an overview of the situation in Wales, stating that "we can no longer build our way out of the problem." Continuing the context setting for the Conference, Arthur Philp of the Association of British Insurers, discussed planning for climate change and resilience.

Adrian Philpott, Team leader for Flood Risk Management at the Environment Agency Wales, discussed strategic planning for flood risk management, highlighting that both the probability and the consequences of flooding ere increasing. He highlighted a number of reports including - Flooding in Wales: A national assessment of flood risk and Flooding in Wales: Flood Defences Possible long-term investment strategies. Adrian also discussed Catchment Flood Management Plans.

Neil Taunt from EAW's Bangor Office, discussed EAW planning support available and the use of Strategic Flood Consequences Assessments. This led onto a presentation by Ruth Goodall, Director of Flood Risk and Water Management at Capita Symonds on the development and use of SFCA's using case studies to illustrate points.

The afternoon's session turned to look at understanding roles and partnership working.

Phil Dyke, Coast and Marine Adviser with the National Trust explained about the experiences of the Trust as significant coastal landowners. Phil highlighted a number of reports published by the Trust, including: a Coastal Risk Assessment - Shifting Shores: Living with a Changing Coastline, Phase 2 of the CRA published in 2009, and From Source to Sea (O'r Mynydd i'r Mor).

Ian Wyatt, New Business Manager for Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Ryan Bowen, Development Planning Manager, discussed a water company's perspective on who can effectively control drainage and flooding matters.

The Conference ended on looking to the future by Peter Jones of the Welsh Assembly Government, looking at partnerships and sharing information and looking to the application of the Flood and Water Management Act.

RTPI Cymru is grateful to Environment Agency Wales for their sponsorship of the Conference and their support in developing the programme and to all the speakers for giving up their time, and sharing their knowledge and experience to the Conference.