The meeting was the first in a series of two-day collaborative planning workshops. Key partners including Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Yorkshire Water and the Environment Agency worked with academics, urban designers and resilience experts from Canada and the US to begin developing a plan to increase the ability of Hull and the surrounding area to cope with flooding while providing additional amenity, biodiversity and air quality benefits.
Nevil Muncaster, director of asset management for Yorkshire Water said: "After London, Hull is the UK’s second city most prone to flooding and we cannot continue to simply build bigger and bigger sewers, we need to look at more sustainable solutions."
Flood alleviation schemes in Hull and East Riding already provide multiple benefits. These including flood storage projects like Hull City Council’s urban aqua green schemes and East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Anlaby and East Ella flood alleviation scheme.
The ongoing River Hull Defences project, led by the Environment Agency, is delivering £36m of defence improvements on the River Hull and will integrate riverside recreation space for the city.
Other potential flood measures in progress in Hull and Haltemprice include community wetland creation, urban tree planting, pop up parks and new water sensitive building design.