To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which areas covered by the draft Regional Spatial Strategy and designated by the Environment Agency as at risk of flooding have had houses built on them since 1997; on which of those areas development is planned; and if he will make a statement.
The Environment Agency and the Local Government Association have produced reports on High Level Target Five since 2000. Information is provided on development plans, planning applications, and appeals where the Environment Agency sustained its objections on flood risk grounds through to a known decision.
Historically, the Environment Agency has not been informed of the outcome of every individual planning application that it objected to. However, this is now a requirement under Planning Policy Statement 25.
In 2006-07, the Environment Agency was made aware of the outcome of 299 out of 754 planning applications and 22 out of 30 appeals which it objected to in the Southern Region.