Take up of property-level flood protection: an exploratory study in Worcester

Jamie Brown, Gayan Wedawatta

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Significant numbers of homes within the UK are at risk of flooding. Although community level flood protection schemes are the first line of defence for mitigating flood risk, not all properties are protectable. Property-Level Flood Protection (PLFP) provides those unprotected homeowners with an approach for protecting their homes from flooding. This study sought to establish why property-level flood protection is needed and secondly assess the extent of take up using Worcester as the study area. An exploratory questionnaire survey was conducted to achieve these objectives. After consultation of available literature it was established that the introduction of PLFP protection provided numerous benefits including limiting the health & psychological effects flooding poses, the direct financial benefits and also the possible influence on gaining flood insurance. Despite the benefits and the recognition given to PLFP by the government it was found that the overall take up of the measures was low, findings which were further backed up by data collected in the study area of Worcester with only 23% of the sample having introduced PLFP measures. Reasoning for the low take up numbers typically included; unawareness of the measures, low risk of flood event, installation costs and inability to introduce due to tenancy. Age was noted as a significant impacting factor in the study area with none of the respondents under 25 suggesting they had “a good amount of knowledge of PLFP measures” even when they claimed their properties to be at risk of flooding. Guidance and support is especially recommended to those who are unable to manage their own flood risk for e.g. social housing/rental tenants.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th international conference on building resilience
EditorsJamie Mackee, Helen Giggins, et al
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event5th annual international conference on building resilience - Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle, Australia
Duration: 15 Jul 201517 Jul 2015


Conference5th annual international conference on building resilience


  • adaptation
  • flood risk
  • resilience
  • property


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