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Introduction to the Project


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Unpave the Way is an innovative and collaborative project between the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee | The Flood Hub), the Environment Agency, United Utilities, and Lancashire County Council. Unpave the Way seeks to address and raise awareness of the impacts of an increasing national trend of householders choosing to create impermeable front gardens to accommodate motor vehicles and other needs.

This increasing trend is contributing to flood risk and challenges for surface water management on both a localised and catchment scale. Unpave the Way aims to educate and inspire householders to include permeable driveways, consider the use of sustainable drainage components (SuDS), collect and store rainwater for reuse, and to encourage climate resilient planting schemes into their front gardens.