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Floods: Property Development

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what proportion of local planning authorities have granted planning permission for a development against an Environment Agency flood risk objection in each of the last five years; (279436)

(2) what proportion of planning applications have been granted against Environment Agency advice on flood risk in each of the last five years.

[holding answers 12 and 15 June 2009]: The following table shows the proportion of local planning authorities (LPAs) who have given planning permission for a development against an Environment Agency flood risk objection.

Proportion of LPAs who made decisions against Environment Agency advice

Percentage

2003-04

29.9

2004-05

35.8

2005-06

26.1

2006-07

21.4

2007-08

23.5

The following table shows the proportion of planning applications that were approved against Environment Agency advice on flood risk.

Proportion of decisions against Environment Agency advice

Percentage

2003-04

11.5

2004-05

8.1

2005-06

4.7

2006-07

4.0

2007-08

3.4