Flooding v Food
27 July 2010
The new Flood and Water Management Act 2010 is likely to have a significant impact on farming operations, especially on low lying land or where there is a farm reservoir or man made lake. One of the Act's central objectives is to shift the emphasis away from flood defence to "flood and coastal erosion risk management", a concept which allows rural land to flood to protect urban centres.
The NFU has pointed out that 57% of Grade 1 agricultural land is low lying land (below the 5 metre contour) and it highlights the potential conflict between flood risk management and food security. The Act also modifies the regulation of reservoirs and will bring many more into the regulatory regime, including many farm reservoirs. Farmers and private landowners will be required to produce detailed information on their reservoirs (which could be costly) even if they pose minimal risk to human life.
For further information contact Michael Barlow or Simon Tilling on 0117 939 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org