You are here: Home - News -

9,000 fast-tracked homes at risk of flooding

  • 10/12/2015
  • 0
9,000 fast-tracked homes at risk of flooding
Nearly half of the areas earmarked by a flagship government scheme for fast-tracked housing development are at a significant risk of flooding, according to research.

The Greenpeace study found nine out of 20 of the brownfield sites designated as housing zones under the scheme, comprising a total of 9,000 planned new homes, are in areas identified as being partially or fully at risk of flooding.

In Wakefield, Yorkshire planners are pushing forward to build 1,500 homes near the town of Castleford, which flooded by five feet last August.

A further 1,000 homes are planned for Hinkley, Bridgwater in Somerset, also hit by last year’s floods. Its local district council has paid out more than £280,000 in grants and tax relief to flood victims in the past three years.

At least 750 homes are planned in 15 sites around the towns of Gainsborough and Morton, Lincolnshire, despite Greenpeace’s research showing the borough council responsible for Morton has seen a 24% cut compared to last year in its flood prevention budget.

Building on these sites could prove expensive to the future homeowners as the Flood Re government scheme does not grant insurance cover on properties built from 2009 onwards, meaning buyers will have to rely on commercial insurers who may not insure ‘flood zone’ homes, or will do so at very high rates.

Greenpeace’s research also revealed that the number of people working on flood and coastal erosion risk management for the Environment Agency, which plays a key role in advising councils on flood risks, fell by 5% in the last three years.

Dr Doug Parr, chief scientist at Greenpeace UK, said: “The current flood emergency isn’t even over yet, and the government is already storing up the next one. Rushing to build thousands of new homes in flood-risk areas whilst at the same time cutting flood protection staff is a recipe for disaster.”

He said that while David Cameron’s ‘lofty rhetoric’ at the UN climate summit is helpful, the PM will need to put effort into climate-savvy projects on the ground to protect Britain from the impacts of climate change.

“When it comes to energy, flood defences, and other big infrastructure projects, we need the government’s hand to start following what the government’s mouth is saying rather than acting of their own accord.”

There are 0 Comment(s)

You may also be interested in

Business Skills

In this section, we offer short ‘how to’ guides on harder to crack areas of business. From social media, to regulation or niche product areas, we cover it all.


Our journalists interview key industry entrepreneurs, strategists and commentators for day-to-day market insight and a strategic view of where the industry is heading. We offer lessons for success and explore the opportunities for your business

Success in Practice

Here, we share case studies fleshing out best practice to help you decide what could work for your business. Take a look at how others approached complex tasks like launching a new mortgage lender, advising on a new product area or deciding to specialise in another. Learn from others mistakes and triumphs.


Each week, we ask top mortgage and property commentators with a unique perspective to examine a key news headline, market move or regulatory or political issue.


Vote in our weekly poll here. It’s your chance to tell us what you think and be heard on the top news stories of the week. Review our archive to find out what your industry really thinks and all our coverage of the results.

Top Comments

Be part of the conversation on Mortgage Solutions. We want to hear from you. We have a tool called Disqus to tell us which stories get the most comments each week. Every Friday, the team picks the most thoughtful or opinionated contributions from our readers to enjoy again. Don’t forget to share your favourite stories from the site on social media to keep the conversation going.
  • RT @robjupp: Great day yesterday for donations to @MortSleepOut. With Gift Aid, we are now close to £17,000. It would be great to get to £2…

Read previous post:
Government launches pilot for large-scale custom build

The government is piloting a large-scale custom build project of 122 new properties, providing homes ranging from self-build to custom...