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Free guide to RICS professionals: Storm Desmond

In the wake of  Storm Desmond, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICs) has produced a free consumer guide providing impartial advice to both homeowners and businesses on the effects of flooding. The guide details in a comprehensive manor...


When do I need an FRA?

At the end of 2015 we all watched in horror as over 5,000 homes and businesses in Cumbria were flooded. For some it was a new lesson: even if our homes lie behind flood defences, we are not necessarily safe. These...


CIRIA release new SuDs guidance Manual (C753)

As the UK moves into winter, potentially a time of greater flood risk as seen during the 2013-2014 winter, the Construction Industry Research and Information Association  (CIRIA)  has launched the most comprehensive industry SuDS guidance available in the UK...


“Traffic light” flood risk warnings for home buyers says ABI

‘House-hunters’ should be given traffic light-style warnings to show a home’s flood risk, the Association of British Insurers say. We can understand the motivation of insurers to seek this level of determination.  Most people who think of flood damage...


Communities affected by groundwater flooding

Communities in Dorset, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Wiltshire, Surrey and West Sussex are prone to suffering from groundwater flooding. It has been estimated by the British Geological Survey that 122,000 to 290,000 properties in England lie in areas at...


How to prepare for a flood – Protect your home and family

Flood is a nightmare that has become a reality in recent years for so many homeowners across Britain.  Precious possessions bobbing on filthy water, the very fabric of the house sodden, in need of months of drying and renovation;...


Why are floodplains important? A guide for developers.

It’s an uneasy balance – finding land for much-needed new housing while allowing nature to do what it has always done, to our advantage.  Some say that with careful planning and adequate flood defences developing floodplains is safe and...


Rare ‘Supermoon’ threatened flooding along UK coastline

Rare ‘Supermoon’ threatened flooding in the capital and along the UK coastline. On Saturday, August 29 2015 the UK experienced a so-called ‘supermoon’ a popular term for when the moon is at its closest in its elliptical orbit around...


Welsh Government consultation on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)

Awaiting the outcome from the Welsh Governments consultation on its proposed interim non-statutory standards for Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). In early February 2015, the Welsh Government launched a consultation for interim non-statutory standards for sustainable urban drainage (SuDS) –...


Stephen Sykes appointed as Unda Chairman

Unda has appointed environmental entrepreneur, Stephen Sykes, as its first Chairman. Sykes is a Visiting Fellow at Birkbeck’s School of Entrepreneurship and has just been appointed as the new chair of the UK Environmental Law Association. Sykes has a...



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