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Rules on house building which could prevent flooding in Gloucestershire set to miss target for April introduction

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

A flooded street in Gloucestershire

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Rules on housebuilding designed to prevent flooding look unlikely to be introduced this year.

The Flood Act 2010 brought in measure that new housing developments should include measure such as ponds and hollows to hold run-off water in times of heavy rain, rather than simply send it into drainage systems which could flooding downstream.

But the target to have the measures in place by this April looks set to be missed.

DEFRA, who set the target, admitted that wrangles with construction firms over the cost of the measures would prevent the introduction of the rules even four years after the passing of the legislation.

The arguments focus on who should pay for such measures and say that building ponds, rather than underground tanks, means land for housing is lost.

What do you think? Should new housing developments have such flood alleviation measures built in? Should housing developers be made to pay for the schemes, or is maximising housing more important?

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  • daveofglos  |  January 10 2014, 5:24PM

    When I bought my house I carefully checked the situation re flooding because it's not that far from the Severn. Seems like it was clear of the water in 1947 and I've not been flooding in any of the recent floods. Pity people buying the new houses built on the flood plain didn't do the same...

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  • daisy_daff  |  January 10 2014, 1:35PM

    hundreds of thousands of homes have been built on or near flood plains in the last 5 years against the advice of the EA as revealed in the ITV programme last night. stop building on or near flood plains, that would be a start!!!

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  • Barri  |  January 10 2014, 12:44PM

    With so much DEFRA induced Flooding - clearly the Government has no interest in prevention, and thus no desire to influence wayward Construction Companies.

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  • Whizzo  |  January 10 2014, 10:00AM

    Don't forget, David Cameron's roof leaked and he now understands what all the fuss is about, yeah right, bet his roof is repaired and upgraded before most flood victims have even managed to pump their houses out of water let alone have repair work done!!

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  • Whizzo  |  January 10 2014, 9:52AM

    If the average business or family used the same decision making processes as Government use then they would be bankrupt or in the process of being evicted. Do not forget though, they are sat behind one of the best flood defences in the country, the London Barrage, maybe when they get their feet wet it might make them realise that people are suffering.

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  • Whizzo  |  January 10 2014, 9:45AM

    @Matt1006, totally agree, I thought builders worked to regulations not dictated what they should be?

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  • Matt1006  |  January 10 2014, 9:34AM

    So this is delayed, because of the costs to the construction firms - i.e. it will eat into their profits on the relevant developments. So, planning policy is effectively being dictated by the developers. Fantastic. Time the authorities (particularly DEFRA, which is a Government department!) grew a pair, and told the developers how things are to be done, rather than the other way round. Profit seems to be the deciding factor, rather than common sense / reduction of risk & suffering. Doesn't that say it all...???

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  • SandraPee  |  January 10 2014, 9:19AM

    It's pure common sense that no new houses should be built on or near the flood plain . Of course construction firms don't want to be responsible for incorporating anti flood systems , but, that should be a stipulation when approving planning permission . End of .

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