Defra has published its Policy Statement on Appraisal of Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management, which contains policies and outlines guidance for operating authorities and others involved in managing flood and coastal erosion risk. The intended benefits of the new policy statement include:
- A greater focus on early engagement with the community and social factors; including better assessment of impacts on health, community well-being and social justice. It seeks to support the development of options that attract other sources of funding, to leverage Government investment and increase local and regional benefit.
- A more thorough and balanced appraisal of a wider range of possible approaches including adaptation where it is not feasible to reduce the probability of flooding and erosion from occurring.
- A transparent framework for decision making to ensure that taxpayers’ investment represents good value for money.
- A greater emphasis on flexibility for the future, such as being able to adapt solutions over time as the climate changes. This supports Defra’s coastal change policy.