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Housing: Flood Control

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on Government policy on the building of houses on flood plains. (150590)

In December 2006 we published Planning Policy Statement (PPS) 25 “Development and flood risk”, which aims to avoid inappropriate development in flood risk areas and direct development away from high risk areas by ensuring that sites at little or no risk of flooding are developed in preference to areas at higher risk. In the 10 per cent. of England at high risk of flooding, PPS25 ensures that essential homes and services can be provided where it can be demonstrated that the need for the development outweighs the flood risk and the development will be safe and not increase risk.

PPS25 strengthens and clarifies the policy established by Planning Policy Guidance Note (PPG) 25, which was published in 2001. PPS25 is available at: