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“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...


Better understand flood risk prior to property purchase

Before investing in a site or potential development it is crucial to understand the implications of flood risk – in terms of planning, the viability of your proposed development, and how insurance may effect resale.  Flood risk information – in...


Delay in the launch of Drain London interim report

Drainage in London – Delay in the launch of Drain London interim report. Unda learnt last week that The Drain London Interim Report which was expected to be launched back in April 2015 has been delayed until March 2016. The main...


Flood Re delayed update: How does it affect tenants / rent?

As we know, the long anticipated not-for-profit scheme which was agreed between the Government and the insurance industry back in June 2013 has been delayed until April 2016. The reason sighted for the launch push back was the scale...



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