Flood proofing houses in a flood area that is also a conservation area

It is currently exceedingly difficult for owners to modify or demolish & rebuild houses in a flood plain if that flood plain is also a conservation area and/or house is listed. Planning law does not allow for the conditions such owners find themselves in trying to protect their homes. 

Why the contribution is important

It has already been suggested that areas that repeatedly flood will be "abandoned". This could loose listed buildings and homes in conservation area becoming empty eyesores that fall into disrepair and may have to be demolished anyway, whereas a responsible owner could take appropriate action to prevent this.

by Cygnet on February 17, 2016 at 04:07PM

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  • Posted by DC February 18, 2016 at 15:30

    Unfortunately 'flood proofing' buildings in a floodplain does not necessarily prevent them from flooding although it can increase resiliance up to a point. It can also lull people into a false sense of security. The reality is that a floodplain naturally and inevitably floods - often repeatedly. With the impact of climate change the levels of flooding that will occur are likely to increase by as yet uncertain amounts. Many of the floods that happened over the Christmas period were amongst the highest recorded in some rivers and this is likely to continue. All of which is liable to overwhelm the 'flood proofing' and possibly put people at further risk. Difficult decisions need to be made about the long term viability and safety of some buildings and settlements - including historic ones. Allowing historic buildings to be demolished and rebuilt in the same flood prone location is not helpful to that discussion. Nor does it solve the problem.
  • Posted by fionaallen February 19, 2016 at 23:23

    Difficult though it is to accept, there may be no viable solution to dealing with flooding on flood plains except to proceed with demolition of buildings, whether historic or otherwise. I would personally like to see a presumption established that planning consent will not be granted for building on flood plains unless there is some completely overwhelming reason why such an area has to be used.
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