National Flood Forum Conference

Date: 1st February 2017

Location: The Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London

NFF Conference – Are we planning to flood? How can planners, developers and communities work together to build safer places for the future?

One day conference & evening reception

Every year thousands of homes, businesses and people are affected by flooding.  At the National Flood Forum we support people living with flood risk and they tell us that one of their main concerns is proposals for development that will increase their flood risk.

Whether it’s new, planned or permitted development, or the threat of flooding from existing new builds, people are worried that their lives will be placed at risk.

Yet with a growing population, an increasing demand for housing, an ageing infrastructure and the effects of climate change, the impact of flooding is likely to increase and with it the human and economic costs.

So, what can we do now to make sure we’re planning and building flood resilient communities for the future?  How can planners, developers and local people work together to ensure that existing and new developments are sustainable – not just today, but in 30 years-time?

Are we planning to flood? will be an opportunity to address these issues.

Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Defra Parliamentary Under Secretary with responsibility for flooding, is confirmed as the keynote speaker alongside industry professionals and community representatives who will consider:

  • How do we know that current development will result in flood resilient communities in future?
  • What is the evidence our planning system is helping to reduce our flood risk?
  • How can planners and developers work with communities to reduce flood risk?
  • What do we need to do to create a society that is willing and wants to adapt?

Join us on 1 February 2017 to:

  • Discuss the development challenge from the community, developer and planner perspective.
  • Hear about successful partnerships where developers and communities are working together.
  • Learn about innovative projects where flood resilience measures have been built-in retrospectively to reduce flood risk.
  • Address how more people can adapt their homes and businesses to be flood resilient


Evening Reception

Following the conference, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has been invited to speak at an evening reception to specifically consider the impact of development on flooding in the capital.  Conference delegates are invited to stay and continue the discussion as part of an informal networking event with drinks and canapes.

Who should attend?

  • Property developers and building industry professionals
  • Planners
  • Planning lawyers
  • Local Authorities including LLFAs, planners, and those working in resilience, CC adaptation and highways teams
  • Flood action groups and communities
  • Water companies
  • Civil engineering companies
  • Consultancies
  • Property protection and water management
  • Environment Agency
  • Internal Drainage Boards
  • Highways authorities
  • Landscape architects


Conference details

Date: Wednesday 1 February 2017

Where: The Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London.

Timings: Registration 9am, opening remarks 9.45am.  Conference closes at 4.15pm.

The evening drinks reception will begin at 4.45pm, closing at 7.30pm.

Conference Fees

£215 +VAT:  Professional partner rate

(10% discount for concessions, charities, local authorities and group bookings of 3 or more)

£40 +VAT:  Community group members affiliated to the National Flood Forum

Sponsorship Options:

£400 Exhibition space +1 delegate place

£600 Exhibition space +2 delegate places OR, Exhibition space +1 delegate place + branding

£900 Exhibition space + 3 delegate places + branding

£1,500 Gold package – please contact us for further details



For further enquiries:


T: 07759 134801

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