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Floods: Planning

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will consider introducing changes to planning regulations and guidance to tackle levels of flood risk in the East Thames corridor; and if she will make a statement. (206038)

Sir Michael Pitt's interim conclusion from his inquiry into the lessons learned from the floods last summer, is that the new Planning Policy Statement 25 ‘Development and Flood Risk’ (PPS25) is sound but should be rigorously applied by local authorities. Work on achieving this is already well in hand. The Practice Guide to PPS25, which will provide practical advice to local authorities on implementing the policy, is due to be published shortly.