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Environment Agency granted greater development powers
The Environment Agency has been granted new powers to provide input over development proposals in flood risk areas.
From this week onwards, the agency will act as a statutory consultee on all development planning applications where there is a risk of flooding, a move which may impact upon residential property insurance premiums.
The move will also necessitate that local planning authorities consult the Environment Agency on all large scale developments over one hectare, to ensure that surface water run-off will not cause flooding elsewhere.
At present, not all local planning authorities are believed to routinely consult the agency.
Mark Southgate, the Environment Agency's head of planning, said local planning authorities would benefit from the advice available.
"We need to make sure that homes particularly for those who are vulnerable are built in a safe place. This will protect our environment, but also protect people," he added.
03 Oct 2006