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Floods: Construction

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions the Environment Agency has objected to a development on the basis of flood risk in the last five years, broken down by local authority; and what the outcome of the application was in each case. (201784)

The high level target (HLT) 5 (previously HLT 12) and its appendices, provide information on the impact of the technical advice on flood risk provided by the Environment Agency on planning decisions made by English local planning authorities. This includes a list of all of the Environment Agency’s objections on flood risk grounds (major and minor development).

All annual HLT reports compiled by the Environment Agency, from 2000-01 on development and flood risk, have been submitted to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (and before that to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food), with recent reports copied to Communities and Local Government.

The Environment Agency’s list of all its objections lodged during 2006-07, are currently available via the Environment Agency’s website and copies of the annual HLT report from 2001-02 have been placed in the Library of the House.