Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown raises concerns at houses still being built on floodplains

10th February 2020

Following the Government statement on flooding caused by by Storm Ciara, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown raises concerns at the many houses still being built on floodplains and calls on the Government to ensure where planning decisions are overturned on appeal there is always a condition that the local authority must approve a satisfactory drainage system.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP speaking in the House of Commons, Feb 2020, Flood Defences

My right hon. Friend has twice mentioned the planning system. In my view, too many houses are still being built on floodplains, causing problems not only for them but for houses downstream from them. Will she work with colleagues from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government so that where the local authority planning decision is overturned on appeal the Planning Inspectorate always encloses a condition that the local authority must approve a satisfactory drainage system?

My hon. Friend raises very important points. It is vital to ensure that our planning system properly takes into account flood risk, and I will continue to engage with colleagues in MHCLG on how we ensure that takes place.



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