Last summer’s devastating floods reminded everyone of the dangers of climate change, for people living in flood risk areas. This highlighted the need for better protection for communities most at risk. Following research, the Government as put in place tough new planning rules which prevent inappropriate building on flood plains.
The Government has told councils to get tough on protecting people with council homes in flood risk areas. It is now compulsory to consult with the Environment Agency on planning applications in flood risk areas. Where councils ignore their advice on major developments, the Government will intervene.
ABI research shows that if councils apply flood planning rules effectively, the cost of flooding could be reduced by more than half in the in Thames Gateway and by 96 per cent in other growth areas. Other independent research suggested it could cut the annual cost of flood damage by £18 billion.
Historically Britain has always lived on flat, fertile land close to waterways as the economic benefits outweighed the threat of intermittent flooding. Only 10 per cent of England is built on flood plains.
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