Flooding in the north of England is an urgent and important issue. The month before this report was published, parts of South Yorkshire, as well as Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire experienced very high levels of flooding that led to widespread damage and disruption.

These floods are the latest demonstration of an unavoidable fact: many parts of the north of England are highly vulnerable to flooding. In recent years, parts of the north of England have seen several significant flooding events that have had major effects on people’s lives and the North’s economy.

This is the third in a series of Natural Assets North briefings. It considers the increasing risks posed by flooding to the Northern economy, which are being exacerbated by climate change and historical decisions about development and land use.