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PLANNING SYSTEM NEEDS TO TAKE WATER SUPPLY INTO ACCOUNT, SAYS MINISTER

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Responding to the House of Lords committee's report on housing and water supply, housing and planning minister Yvet...
Responding to the House of Lords committee's report on housing and water supply, housing and planning minister Yvette Cooper told BBC Radio Four's Today programme this morning that the planning system had to play its part in addressing the issues.

She said there was a 'range of responsibilities', on consumers, water companies and Ofwat.

'There are responsibilities on the planning system, to look long term and see what are the needs for water in the future,' Ms Cooper said. 'We have to share those responsibilities, we can't just say any one sector has to bear those responsibilities alone.'

GOVERNMENT MUST RECOGNISE NEED FOR INCREASED INVESTMENT IN NEW WATER RESOURCES, WARN LORDS

Meanwhile, London Assembly health and public services committee chair Joanne McCartney said:

'Despite the rain in recent weeks, water levels in London and the southeast are still worrying. Drought is a very real long term problem and we welcome any report that aims to tackle the problem.

'The London Assembly will publish its report on water shortages early next month. Water companies need to get their act together and do more to fix leaking pipes so that a third of the capital's water is not lost unnecessarily every day.'

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