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Floods: Planning Permission

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will issue guidance to local planning authorities on the account to be taken of the contribution that permeable paving may make to flood defences in decisions on planning applications. (211215)

Planning Policy Statement 25 “Development and Flood Risk”, (PPS25), already advises applicants to include an assessment of surface water and drainage from proposed developments, as part of their Flood Risk Assessments. Local planning authorities should take account of these when deciding planning applications which include paving. A Practice Guide to PPS25 has just been published and this includes advice on sustainable drainage. We do not think that any further guidance is necessary.

We intend to amend current permitted development rights that allow householders to pave over their front gardens so as to require that the paving will not lead to the front garden area being impermeable. We intend this change to come into force on 1 October this year and we will publish guidance to explain how householders can comply with this requirement.