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.
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