Developments being built on flood plains – Formby comes to mind!

As Britain endures another weekend of torrential rain and further flooding, figures obtained by The Independent on Sunday reveal that last year local councils allowed at least 87 planning developments involving 560 homes to proceed in England and Wales in areas at such high risk of flooding that the EA formally opposed them. “This is exactly the kind of decision making that has made flooding more of a problem than it should be and that threatens the lives and livelihoods of many people,” the London School of Economics’ Bob Ward comments. Meanwhile, Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, has promised that “everything possible” was being done to help potential flood victims and prepare for the further storms forecast to hit the UK. He also added that the Government was “offering full assistance” to emergency services and local councils – The Independent on Sunday 2nd February, Page; 9

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The photo above shows protestors placards on the hugely controversial Liverpool Road site in Formby where concerns about flooding (as well as loss of Green Belt & high grade agricultural land) have been a big factor in opposition to a proposed new housing development.

With thanks to the LGiU