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Better water management vital to combat climate change, says RTPI-supported guidance

02 December 2019

Better water management is vital in making our places more resilient to climate change and delivering better local environments, new guidance supported by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has concluded.

Delivering Better Water Management through the Planning System, published by construction industry research and information association CIRIA, stresses that better water management reduces the impact of flooding, ensures that drinking water is available in times of scarcity and helps protect the environment.

The guidance identifies critical factors required for successful integrated water management, supporting those involved in the planning process – including local authorities, lead local flood authorities, developers, water companies, landscape architects and engineers – to ensure that high quality developments with good water management are delivered in a cost-effective fashion.

As well as showcasing planning policies necessary to deliver better environmental, social and economic outcomes, it also includes good practice case studies and demonstrates what can be done when critical success factors and good policies are in place.

RTPI Chief Executive Victoria Hills said: “We’ve been pleased to support this project through our role on the steering group, and commend both CIRIA and the authors for producing a clear and informative guide. Through practical advice and case studies, this shows the importance of considering water early in the planning process, and how to take a more integrated approach.

“With development pressures and climate impacts set to increase, this valuable guide will help our members to develop the partnerships and practices necessary to create places which are more attractive, sustainable and resilient.”

Delivering Better Water Management through the Planning System is also supported by the TCPA, CIWEM and CaBA. It was co-authored by Andrew Coleman, RTPI member and senior lecturer at the University of Brighton, and Peter Bide, formerly Team Leader for water and natural environment policy at the Department for Communities and Local Government.


Download Delivering Better Water Management through the Planning System from CIRIA here