Laura Sharman 28 July 2020

Majority of councils lack expertise to deal with flood risk, survey reveals

Majority of councils lack expertise to deal with flood risk, survey reveals image

Local authorities are facing a critical shortage of the expertise needed to plan for climate change, a new survey has found.

The survey, conducted by the Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA), found only 12% of local authorities strongly agree they have the skills and expertise needed to take account of flood risk now and in the future.

Only 2% of local authorities are considering future insurance availability and affordability when making planning decisions, the survey found.

It also showed only a third of local authorities are seriously considering the impacts of climate change when deciding whether to grant planning permission.

Hugh Ellis, director of policy at the TCPA, said: 'We know that the greatest challenge for many local planning authorities is a critical lack of resources.

'If we really want to drive effective change, we need to provide decision-makers with clear policy priorities, transparent methodologies, and, wherever possible, nationally agreed standards.'

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