Guidance Note (PPG) 25 Development and Flood Risk - is to be
reviewed, planning minister Keith Hill announced today.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Copies of the Defra consultation documents, Making Space for
Water, including a summary leaflet and background papers are
available via: http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/default.asp