Property Development: Floods

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 9th March 2020.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of planning outcomes for new housing developments were in accordance with Environment Agency flood risk advice, by region, in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Shadow Secretary of State for Housing

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what proportion of applications for the development of new homes had planning outcomes in accordance with Environment Agency advice on flood risk, by region, in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

This is a devolved matter and the information provided therefore relates to England only.

As a statutory consultee in development planning, the Environment Agency (EA) advises local planning authorities and developers on how to enable climate resilient development and identify opportunities to protect and enhance the environment.

The EA provides advice on all development proposals in areas that are at (i) medium or high risk of flooding from rivers or the sea (other than minor development) (ii) within 20 metres of a Main River, (iii) within an area with critical drainage problems (other than minor development).

The EA does not make the final decision on local planning approvals and local planning authorities are responsible and accountable for approving proposals for new development in their local areas. In the majority of cases the EA’s flood risk advice is taken on board by local planning authorities.

Environment Agency performance influencing planning applications that included new homes where decisions were decided in line with our advice 2011/12-2018/19 split by Environment Agency operational hub.

Year

11-Dec

Dec-13

13/14

14/15

15/16

16/17

17/18

18/19

Grand Total

North – new homes with recorded planning decisions

3195

10539

13276

12610

8035

7934

6166

4161

65916

North - Number of new homes involved with over-ruled / partially over-ruled decisions

0

649

112

597

3

152

58

11

1582

North - % of new homes determined in line with EA flood risk advice

100.0%

93.8%

99.2%

95.3%

100.0%

98.1%

99.1%

99.7%

97.6%

South East - new homes with recorded planning decisions

14912

35251

18237

26961

21498

13872

10924

10812

152467

South East - Number of new homes involved with over-ruled / partially over-ruled decisions

11

353

1072

639

26

220

42

89

2452

South East - % of new homes determined in line with EA flood risk advice

99.9%

99.0%

94.1%

97.6%

99.9%

98.4%

99.6%

99.2%

98.4%

West and Central - new homes with recorded planning decisions

28360

20194

27105

37364

36599

20289

17598

8051

195560

West and Central - Number of new homes involved with over-ruled and partially over-ruled decisions

113

449

120

102

154

65

58

29

1090

West and Central - % of new homes determined in line with EA flood risk advice

99.6%

97.8%

99.6%

99.7%

99.6%

99.7%

99.7%

99.6%

99.4%

Environment Agency national performance influencing planning applications that included new homes where decisions were decided in line with our advice 2011/12-2018/19

Year

11-Dec

Dec-13

13/14

14/15

15/16

16/17

17/18

18/19

Grand Total

Total new homes with recorded planning decisions

46467

65984

58618

76935

66132

42095

34688

23024

413943

Total new homes involved with over-ruled / partially over-ruled decisions

124

1451

1304

1338

183

437

158

129

5124

Average % of new homes determined in line with EA flood risk advice

99.7%

97.8%

97.8%

98.3%

99.7%

99.0%

99.5%

99.4%

98.8%

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