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Volume 11, issue 10
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 2889–2902, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-11-2889-2011
© Author(s) 2011. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Special issue: Geo-hydrological risk and town and country planning

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 11, 2889–2902, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-11-2889-2011
© Author(s) 2011. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 28 Oct 2011

Research article | 28 Oct 2011

Floodplain conflicts: regulation and negotiation

J. Pardoe, E. Penning-Rowsell, and S. Tunstall J. Pardoe et al.
  • Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, London, UK

Abstract. In the continuing shift from engineered solutions towards more holistic methods of managing flood risk, spatial planning has become the primary focus of a conflict between land and water, water and people. In attempting to strike a balance between making space for water and making space for people, compromises are required. Through five case studies in the UK, this paper analyses the effectiveness of Planning Policy Statement 25 (PPS 25) and the processes of negotiation that it promotes. This assessment allows us to draw conclusions on the nature of the compromises this kind of negotiation can achieve and the implications of this for flood risk management. What emerges is that the beneficial impacts of decisions to develop floodplain areas are given a proper hearing and sensible conditions imposed, rather than arguments to prevent such development remaining unchallenged.

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