Cornwall flood warning homes permissions rise

Planning applications given the go-ahead despite warnings on flooding have risen in Cornwall, it has emerged.

Sixty-one consents were given against the advice of the Environment Agency last year, compared with 28 between 2008 to 2012.

Cornwall Council said flooding was a planning consideration.

An agency spokesman said it was government planning policy that developments at risk of flooding should be avoided.

High risk

Where development was "necessary" it should be made safe without increasing flood risk elsewhere.

"We advise on flood risk and as a final resort may object where high risk is not mitigated.

"Our advice to local planning authorities helps to ensure that developments are safe and resilient over the lifetime of their development, taking climate change in account.

"We only comment on planning policies or applications - we do not decide them."

A Cornwall Council spokeswoman said: "Flooding is a planning consideration and we consult the Environment Agency in accordance with the national guidance to seek their advice.

"On occasions when consent is given against EA advice, the schemes are designed to take into account the risk and to mitigate flooding."

The Department for Communities and Local Government said that last year more than 99% of England and Wales homes were decided in line with agency flood risk advice.

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