Flood Response

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Excerpts
Monday 10th February 2020

(7 months, 3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Theresa Villiers Portrait Theresa Villiers - Hansard

The Environment Agency has a fairly long pipeline of flood defence improvements, but it will be important to consider the representations that my hon. Friend made in future decisions on the allocation of that £4 billion fund.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Portrait Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds) (Con) - Hansard
10 Feb 2020, 4:42 p.m.

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?

Theresa Villiers Portrait Theresa Villiers - Hansard

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.