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Flood Risk Assessments

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Bob Spink Bob Spink Conservative, Castle Point

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions his Department has had with (a) planning authorities and (b) the Environment Agency on the preparation of flood risk assessment data.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) (Housing and Planning)

Planning policy guidance note (PPG)25 advises those proposing developments in flood risk areas to carry out a flood risk assessment, which should be appropriate to the location, scale and nature of the development and should be submitted with the application. Local planning authorities and the Environment Agency were consulted in 2000 and 2001 on the draft of PPG25 and in autumn 2004 on the question of whether to review it. The Environment Agency was closely involved in drafting PPG25. Within the framework of guidance provided by PPG25, it is for local authorities to discuss with developers and the Environment Agency the data that would be appropriate in an individual flood risk assessment.

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