Published: 19th Dec 2019

Boris Johnson has been urged to make investing in flood defences in the North a priority. The IPPR North think tank has today (19 December) called on the newly-elected prime minister to make a commitment to communities at risk of flooding to act now to prevent future devastation, by putting the environment – including North’s natural assets like water- at the heart of decision making. One of the think tank’s research fellows, Jack Hunter said while greater investment in flood defences should be a priority of the next phase of the Northern Powerhouse, ‘hard’ infrastructure like barriers and dams are only part of the solution. Instead, he argues that greater flood resilience will also require a much more holistic approach – which focuses on how decisions about land use, agriculture, development and architectural design impact upon the overall flood risk of an area. Mr Hunter also called on leaders across … (To read the full article, subscribe below)