Govt rules out DBFO for flood defence

The government has said it does not believe there is an opportunity for flood defence schemes to be delivered through a design, build, finance and operate model.

Environment department minister Lord Gardiner of Kimble has said that the “appropriate conditions for design, build, finance and operate rarely exist in the case of flood defence schemes”.

Responding to a written question from former Conservative shadow environment minister Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, Lord Gardiner continued: “We do not, therefore, currently have plans to implement this approach to public-private partnerships for flood defences.”

However, he added that there is already private sector involvement in flood management schemes.

“Most flood defence improvement projects managed by the Environment Agency or other risk management authorities are designed, built and sometimes operated by private sector suppliers,” he continued. “The funding approach has also been designed to incentivise contributions toward government supported flood schemes, including from the private sector.