Thousands of homes are to be built on flood-prone sites, 200 planning permissions for at-risk homes


Thousands of homes are to be built on flood-prone sites as research shows 200 planning permissions for properties in at-risk areas

  • LV found 200 planning permissions had been granted for 5,283 properties
  • More than 16,000 applications between January and September were studied
  • England is likely to see more properties built in areas vulnerable to flooding 










More than 5,000 homes have been approved to be built in areas at higher risk of flooding in England this year.

Research commissioned by LV= General Insurance found 200 planning permissions had been granted for 5,283 properties in local authority areas where more than 10 per cent of homes are already at significant risk of flooding.

The report studied more than 16,000 planning applications between January and September, with LV= GI warning that England is likely to see many more properties built in areas that are vulnerable to flooding.

The report studied more than 16,000 planning applications between January and September, with LV= GI warning that England is likely to see many more properties built in areas that are vulnerable to flooding

The report studied more than 16,000 planning applications between January and September, with LV= GI warning that England is likely to see many more properties built in areas that are vulnerable to flooding

Claims director Martin Milliner said: ‘This highlights a concerning amount of current and future development in high flood risk areas.

‘We need a holistic approach to flooding for the long term, with property developers, insurers and Government tackling the issue of building on floodplains.’

A Government spokesman said: ‘Our policy is clear that floodplain development should be avoided if possible, and protections must be in place when building in these areas is necessary.

‘We expect local authorities to follow this guidance.

‘We’re providing record investment of over £5.2 billion for flood and coastal defences in England to create around 2,000 new defence schemes, improving protections for over 336,000 properties.’

Research commissioned by LV= General Insurance found 200 planning permissions had been granted for 5,283 properties in local authority areas where more than 10 per cent of homes are already at significant risk of flooding

Research commissioned by LV= General Insurance found 200 planning permissions had been granted for 5,283 properties in local authority areas where more than 10 per cent of homes are already at significant risk of flooding

But Mr Milliner added: ‘Climate change will increase the UK’s exposure to weather-related hazards such as flooding, and it’s vital we prepare for this.

‘Whilst we welcome the Government’s commitment to increase housing we have concerns about the UK’s resilience to future flood events, and in particular the number of new housing developments in flood risk areas that are still receiving approval.

‘Flooding is an extremely traumatic event which has a devastating impact on a person’s life, both physically and mentally.’

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