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Floods: Property Development

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what his most recent assessment is of progress in the revision of Planning Policy Statement 25 since June 2009; and what estimate he has made of the number of houses to have a flood kit. (306810)

The Government agree with Sir Michael Pitt's Review of the summer 2007 floods that found that the policy approach in Planning Policy Statement 25: Development and Flood Risk (PPS25) is sound and should be rigorously applied.

On 11 August 2009 the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) published proposals for public consultation to make a limited number of amendments to Annexe D of PPS25 to clarify how certain aspects of the policy should be applied. The public consultation period closed on 3 November and CLG is now considering the responses received.

No estimate has been made of the number of properties that have prepared a flood kit. As outlined in our recent Pitt progress report, we have always acknowledged this was up to individuals, but would be supported by communication campaigns taken forward by the Environment Agency. The Environment Agency has done this in its recent "Preparing for a Flood" guide, which promotes how flood kits should be made up.