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Planning Permission: Flood Control

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications opposed by the Environment Agency on the basis of flood risk were subject to scrutiny by the Secretary of State in accordance with Planning Policy Statement 25 in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007; and what the (i) location and (ii) outcome of each application was. (194102)

Eleven planning applications were referred to the Secretary of State in 2007 under the Town and Country Planning (Flooding) (England) Direction. These were applications for major development in flood risk areas to which the Environment Agency had objected. Details are tabled as follows. Most of them have been referred back to the local planning authority for decision. This shows that the Direction is working as intended, because it requires the local planning authority, the applicant and the Environment Agency to explore ways in which to address the Environment Agency’s concerns.

The Secretary of State called-in and decided a further five planning applications during 2006 and 2007, not under the Direction, where flooding was a main issue. Details of these are included in the following table.

Application type/Location

Outcome

Flooding Direction application

2007

Ipswich, Suffolk

Referred back to LPA for decision

Greenwich, London

Referred back to LPA for decision

Burton on Trent, East Staffordshire

Referred back to LPA for decision

Worcester, Worcestershire

Referred back to LPA for decision

Maidenhead, Berkshire

Called-in for decision by Secretary of State

Weymouth, Dorset

Referred back to LPA for decision

Heybridge, Essex

Referred back to LPA for decision

Maidenhead, Berkshire

Called-in for decision by Secretary of State

Truro, Cornwall

Referred back to LPA for decision

Ipswich, Suffolk

Called-in for decision by Secretary of State

Southampton, Hampshire

Called-in for decision by Secretary of State

Called-in planning application

2006

Egham, Surrey

Planning permission granted

2007

Crowle, North Lincolnshire

Planning permission refused

Germany Beck, York

Planning permission granted

Germany Beck, York

Planning permission granted

St. Austell, Cornwall

Planning permission refused