Landscape architect Sue Illman said the number of reviews being worked on at a policy level, and the severity of winter's floods across a wide swathe of the country, mean the Government will be looking much more closely at options for improving flood resilience this time around.
Following storm Desmond in December, Defra called for evidence for the National Flood Resilience Review, which is set to be chaired by Oliver Letwin. That review will also feed into Defra's work on integrated catchment management of the water cycle in the Government's 25-year environment plan.
An Environmental Audit Committee has also called for evidence on whether current policies are delivering on environmental improvements.
In addition, the Cumbrian Floods Partnership group, chaired by floods minister Rory Stewart, is looking at improvements to flood defences for the county. Illman met with Stewart alongside other interested parties in January and it was proposed that the county could be used as a case study to consider how a "catchment-based approach" might influence new ideas in national policy.
Illman was also part of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment that made recommendations in March 2015 on how to improve flood resilience.
Findings from that report have since been adopted by the Lords' national policy for the built environment committee, which published its report in February. It calls for flood alleviation measures to be made compulsory for new at-risk homes and for the Government to promote a co-ordinated retrofit of existing properties.
Illman is hopeful that the extent of December's floods will trigger serious action in Government, unlike the 2014 Somerset floods that only affected around 40 houses.
"There wasn't the massive outcry then but the last lot of flooding has been very different," she said. "It's been prolonged, across many different towns in different parts of the country, from Scotland to Cumbria, and has affected a lot of people ... the Government can't ignore what's happened in December and January because there were too many MPs' constituents affected."