Flood Plains: Building

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Opposition Whip (Commons), Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes she expects to be built in the next five years on land in natural flood plains.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

Planning Policy Statement 25 (PPS25) is clear that only a very restricted range of development that is water-compatible or essential infrastructure should be permitted on the functional flood plain. In other flood risk areas, if the sequential risk-based approach set out in PPS25 shows that development cannot be directed to lower risk sites, the planning authority should test whether the need for the housing outweighs the flood risk, and it will be safe, taking into account the expected impacts of climate change, the ongoing availability of defences and the application of other flood risk reduction measures.

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