By Dean Kirby in iNews.
Hundreds of homes are being approved by planning chiefs in England each year in spite of official objections from the Environment Agency about the risk of flooding, it can be revealed. Figures obtained by i under the Freedom of Information Act show that more than 1,200 residential properties have been given a green-light after flood risk advice from the agency was overruled or partially overruled in the five years since 2011/12. The 1,228 “residential units” approved by planners are only a tiny percentage of nearly 316,000 properties contained in decision notices where the Environment Agency raised objections. Local councils followed the agency’s advice in planning more than 99 per cent of new homes. But, after last winter’s devastating storms, the figures are likely to raise concerns that families buying new homes are being put at risk of future flooding.
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