Floods: Housing

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 16th December 2021.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions has he had with Flood Re on extending the scheme to homes built after 2009 that are not protected by resilience measures.

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

Engagement with Flood Re is frequent, however, there is no intention to extend the Scheme to include homes built after 2009. Changes to planning policy in 2006 set out that inappropriate development in floodplains should be avoided and local planning authorities must consider the strict tests in the National Planning Policy Framework that protect people and property from flooding. Where development is necessary in a flood risk area, it should be made safe for its lifetime, without increasing flood risk elsewhere, and be appropriately flood resistant and resilient. In July 2021 the Framework was strengthened further to ensure that all sources of flood risk are considered during plan making and providing a clear definition of what it means for a property to be resilient to flooding. This also includes clearly defining that properties should be built to be quickly recoverable in the event of flooding, without significant refurbishment.

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