Community planning: Resilient Communities
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There are two ways communities can take action - setting up their own projects or by working with others

Set up your own community-led projects

Weather and climate risks can be addressed through community-led projects. Here are some examples:

Create a Neighbourhood Plan

Include policies to address local climate and weather risks.

See pdf document: Draft Neighbourhood Plan for Hackbridge and Beddington Corner.

Includes green space and parking policies designed to reduce risks and promote better use of water.

See Neighbourhood Planning pages on this website

Create a community flood planning group

Ensure all members of the community have an individual flood plan and develop a community flood group to help the community prepare when a flooding event is imminent.

See video: Calderdale Community Flood Group
Rebuild and restore after a flood

Make members of the community aware of how to make their homes resilient to flooding when restoring after a flood event.

See video: Property level flood protection in a home in York

Work with others

By working with other organisations who are already doing projects in your area, communities can encourage these organisations to help make their community more resilient:

Decent homes programmes by your social housing provider

Encourage social housing providers to include measures to promote water efficiency and keeping homes cool in summer as well as other measures to meet Decent Homes standard.

See web page for example: Tower block refurbishment in Barking

Fuel poverty programmes led by your local council

Find out how your local council is considering the impact of hot weather on energy bills (e.g. using fans and air conditioning units) alongside the cost of winter heating and impact on fuel poverty.

See pdf document: Adapting to the health impacts of climate change in the London Borough of Islington.

Procurement of new community buildings

When new community buildings are proposed, encourage consideration of local climate and weather risks (flooding, overheating or water shortages) to ensure local needs are addressed in the building design.

Example wanted

Water efficiency programmes led by your local water company

Water companies are always seeking ways to save water and could help communities install water efficiency measures in their homes.

See web page for example: Plug In Midlands

Open space improvement projects led by the local authority, businesses or voluntary sector, e.g. wildlife trust.

Make open spaces in the community resilient to flooding and drought

See web page for example: Riverlution Sheffield

Working with local businesses on community resilience projects

Community resilience is important to local businesses. By working with local businesses resilience strategies can be designed, funded and implemented.

See video for example: The Lower Dove flood scheme story

Thanks: This resilient communities section was produced in partnership by the Environment Agency’s Climate Ready Support Service.

Last updated on: 16 July 2015