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Property Development: Floods

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what changes have been made to planning guidance as a result of the 2007 floods. (315989)

Sir Michael Pitt’s review of the summer 2007 floods found that the policy approach in Planning Policy Statement 25 (PPS25), “Development and Flood Risk”, is sound and should be rigorously applied. In June 2008, Communities and Local Government published a Practice Guide to PPS25 which reflected the more detailed findings of Sir Michael Pitt’s review and took account of responses to the earlier ‘living draft’ version of the guide, including responses made in the light of the 2007 floods. A further updated version of the guide was published on 7 December 2009.

In 2009 we carried out an initial review of the implementation of PPS25. This found that good progress was being made and the policy was working in helping to deliver sustainable development that is safe from flood risk. This view is supported by the Environment Agency. In August 2009 Communities and Local Government published consultation proposals to amend and clarify some limited aspects of PPS25. We will publish a revised version of PPS25 soon with refinements to further improve the policy’s implementation and effectiveness.