Two flood management points from Defra

1.  Water minister: flood defence needs private sector investment

Water minister Rory Stewart has insisted private sector investment in flood defence is a “huge opportunity” that hasn’t been fully considered. Speaking to water firms at Water UK’s City Conference, Stewart said: “Clearly we ought to be smarter about thinking about how we work with water companies, and I’d be really interested in ideas coming forward from you about ways in which you might see a self-interest in contributing to flood schemes.” He added that, although the government would contribute £2.3 billion over the next six years, “we should leverage much more initial money”.

No links yet but this might signal more formal relationships … 

2.  Outcomes from consultation: Incorporating flood defence consents into activities close to main rivers or affecting flood plains into the environmental permitting 

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