The project’s aim is to identify barriers and propose solutions to promote low cost flood approaches that would make properties at flood risk more resilient to damage from flood waters. The project’s aim supports the long-term goal of enabling individuals and communities to take more ownership for the management of their flood risk and to recover more quickly as a result.


The project used an ‘action research’ approach, working closely with the communities to:

  • Update existing knowledge on sensible and low cost ways to make changes to properties during reinstatement and at other times when changes are happening as a result of renewal and transfer of properties.
  • Understand how and when the adaptations can happen and what new training and advice is needed.
  • Design strategies to exploit opportunities to increase take up of measures with the support of householders, business owners and property professionals, amongst others.
  • Work with the professionals, the community and other stakeholders to trial these strategies in one community.

The trial was evaluated by an independent research team, to ensure that all the lessons are learned and shared as widely as possible.