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Planning: Flood Control

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) on what grounds developments may take place against the advice of the Environment Agency on the grounds of flood risk; (200275)

(2) what criteria she takes into account in taking decisions on whether building developments on functional flood plains should proceed.

Planning applications are decided by local planning authorities in accordance with the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. In arriving at their decisions, all representations made, including any from the Environment Agency on flood risk grounds, are taken into account. Each case is decided on its individual merits.

If a planning application for development in the functional flood plain is called-in or comes to the Secretary of State on appeal, it will be decided on the same basis as an application by a local planning authority. Where flood risk is an issue, account will be taken of the Government’s policy in Planning Policy Statement 25 “Development and Flood Risk”.