Must we bow to nature, or is innovation possible?by Prospect Team / January 8, 2016 / Leave a comment
Last month was the wettest December on record—thousands of homes in Britain were flooded. Now Scotland is facing heavy floods, and yesterday a “danger to life” alert was issued in Aberdeenshire.
David Cameron’s planning policies have not been adequately challenged by the Labour party, perhaps due it its being otherwise occupied. And so the government continues to permit building on floodplains across the country.
Should building on floodplains now be considered too risky? Or, given restrictions on building elsewhere, should we stick it out, and build flood defences to protect new, at-risk developments? Below, our panellists offer their views.
We’ve had our wake-up call
Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion
As well as being devastating for those who experience them, this winter’s floods are the loudest possible wake-up call to the Government to do far more to protect the country from extreme weather events associated with climate change. As a very first step it’s clear that we must stop building on floodplains, and also give water companies a statutory role in the planning process.