“WHAT DISCUSSIONS HAS…THE ENVIRONMENT SECRETARY HAD WITH…THE COMMUNITIES SECRETARY ABOUT NOT BUILDING NEW HOMES ON FLOOD-RISK AREAS, SUCH AS THE PROPOSED WEST OF IFIELD DEVELOPMENT ?” – HENRY SMITH CONSERVATIVE, CRAWLEY – HOUSE OF COMMONS [APRIL 22 2021]
I pay tribute to this Government for the significant flood mitigation investment that has been delivered. What discussions has my right hon. Friend the Environment Secretary had with our right hon. Friend the Communities Secretary about not building new homes on flood-risk areas, such as the proposed west of Ifield development?
As my hon. Friend will know, national planning policy provides clear safeguards for protecting people and property from flooding, and the national planning policy framework is very clear that inappropriate development in areas at risk of flooding should be avoided by directing development away from areas at the highest risk. Where development is necessary in such areas, that development should be made safe for its lifetime without increasing flood risk elsewhere, and should be appropriately flood-resilient.