SoS to be given powers to call in cases where EA advice on flooding ignored


New powers will also be given to the Housing Secretary to block “inappropriate development” on land threatened by flooding.

The Government is introducing the reforms after 866 homes were granted planning permission in 2019/20 despite formal warnings from the Environment Agency (EA) about flood risk.

Mr Eustice revealed that new guidance would be issued to “drive up compliance” with flood advice by forcing local planning authorities to refer decisions to Robert Jenrick, the Housing Secretary, in cases in which the EA has raised an objection on those grounds

Alongside Robert Jenrick, the Communities Secretary, I am announcing that new guidance will be issued to drive up compliance with planning rules to ensure that local planning authorities refer planning decisions to ministers when the Environment Agency is sustaining an objection on flood risk so inappropriate development is guided away from flood risk areas.