RAB at the RTPI Awards for Project Excellence
May 10, 2016

The NCC Community Flood Resilience Project  has already won two awards this year from the Environment Agency and the RTPI East Mindland Branch and made it to the final of the RTPI national awards.

Northamptonshire County Council was one of only thirteen lead local flood authorities (LLFAs) to have been successful in securing defra funding to help support communities, to help themselves against the risk of surface water flooding. A total of £300,000 was secured for the two-year project, ending in April 2015. the project intended to find out why some initiatives (many related to planning) work well and why others do not. the aim was to find out what ‘tools’ would help communities to make themselves more resilient to flooding. The project focused on fifteen communities across Northamptonshire that were considered to be at the highest risk of surface water flooding. this innovative project was entirely capsulated within Flood Toolkit (, which is the first tool of its kind.

From March 2014, RAB Consultants worked with NCC to help deliver Property Level Flood Protection surveys for some 130 residential and commercial properties across 15 communities. The free surveys identified the flood risk and the potential ingress routes to each property and recommended flood resistance measures that would help mitigate against flooding. 

RAB was appointed to investigate the barriers preventing the uptake of flood resistance measures to protect properties and businesses. This involved liaising with property and business owners and collating information on the barriers preventing uptake. RAB delivered a project evaluation report providing key learning that will assist Defra and local authorities in future PLP strategies.

To see the full list of finalists and winners, download the Awards Brochure.