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Property Development: Floods

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what analysis she plans to undertake of the 16 recent planning applications on which the Environment Agency advised against proceeding but which went ahead on flood plains under Planning Policy Statement 25; and if she will make a statement. (257332)

We continue to work closely with the Environment Agency, local authorities and other stakeholders to ensure our policies in Planning Policy Statement 25 (PPS25), “Development and Flood Risk”, are delivered on the ground. The Environment Agency’s latest annual ‘Development and Flood Risk’ report, produced jointly with local government, sets out how the Agency’s technical advice was taken into account in local authority planning decisions during the period April 2007 to March 2008. The report lists 16 ‘major developments’ (residential development of 10 dwellings or more, or other new building of 1,000 square meters or more) that were granted planning permission against Agency advice on flood risk. The report notes that six of the cases were in areas of high flood risk but that in eight cases the developments were located in areas with a low risk of flooding. The report sets out the Agency’s advice and how the relevant local authority responded.