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The government's planning policy on flooding - Planning Policy ...
The government's planning policy on flooding - Planning Policy

Guidance Note (PPG) 25 Development and Flood Risk - is to be

reviewed, planning minister Keith Hill announced today.

A review of has been launched to give stakeholders an opportunity to

have their say on the clarity, implementation and effectiveness of

existing PPG25 guidance.

It will also allow the government to examine new information and

scientific research made available in the past three years on the

impacts of climate change.

Mr Hill said:

'Much of relevance has happened in the last three years since PPG 25

was published. This review will take account of scientific and other

developments over that time and the views of stakeholders. We shall

examine the new information that is now available and ask

stakeholders to let us know their views on the clarity,

implementation and effectiveness of PPG25.

'The review will operate in parallel with the consultation by DEFRA on the

cross-departmental government strategy for flood and coastal erosion

risk management in England being published today as Making Space for

Water (see LGCnet).

'If the review of PPG 25 identifies a need for it to be revised, it

is likely that a consultation draft will be issued in 2005.'


1. The government's planning policy on flooding was published in July

2001 in Planning Policy Guidance Note (PPG) 25 Development and Flood

Risk. It took account of the responses to two consultation

exercises in April 2000 and February 2001, and of the Second report

of the Environment Transport and Rural Affairs Committee on

Development on, or affecting, the flood plain, published in December


2. Because of the uncertainties surrounding the impacts of climate

change, PPG 25 included a commitment to review the guidance three

years after publication in the light of further evidence then

available on climate change and emerging experience of its

implementation and use.

3. The government is also committed to review much of the existing

planning policy guidance as part of the planning reform agenda

associated with the Planning and Compensation Act 2004, and the

statement to parliament by Keith Hill on 17 June included PPG 25 in

that process.

4. All those with an interest in development and flood risk who wish

to comment on the operation of PPG25 should write to: PPG 25 Review

Team, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Room 4/B2, Eland House,

Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU or email to:

6. Copies of the Defra consultation documents, Making Space for

Water, including a summary leaflet and background papers are

available via:

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