Flood defence: time for a radical rethink
Faced with an unprecedented expected rise in the UK's population, and a major house building and infrastructure programme, land use is undergoing an historic and profound change. Flood defences and river catchment management will need to adapt and adjust to these changes – but so too will planning, and agricultural policy. This requires a radical rethink, treating rivers as core natural capital. The recent floods provide the opportunity to do this.