A year-long cross-party consultation investigating the issues of water shortages and flooding in England has recommended a Bricks and Water Sustainability Code be introduced ‘as a matter of urgency’ to secure water provision and protect property.
The Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF) investigation, co-sponsored by the British Board of Agrément (BBA), highlighted that at present almost 4.5% of homes in England are at risk of flooding.
By 2050 this number is projected to have grown by 129% to nearly 2.5 million. Conversely water shortages will become an increasing problem with predications that by 2050 demand will outstrip supply by 22%.
“Building the number of homes we need has become a pressing issue…as we increase the number of new homes we must manage water sustainably and efficiently,” stated inquiry co-chairs Baroness McIntosh of Pickering and Angela Smith MP.
“WSBF’s inquiry into housing, water and planning policy strongly concludes that the government needs too act now to improve guidance and standards for the houses that are being built. Water is a precious resource and we must use it wisely. The government needs to ensure we are building the green, water-efficient, flood-resilient communities that our children and grandchildren deserve.
In its Bricks and Water report, the WSBF made six recommendations:
“Addressing flooding, water supply disparity and modernising the planning framework will be hugely important in dealing with the issues highlighted by this inquiry,” said Wendy Ajuwon, BBA Head of Marketing. “We were delighted to have the opportunity to be involved with this inquiry, which lays out a thoughtful and rounded way forward.”