More than 5,000 homes in England approved to be built in flood zones

More than 5,000 homes in England approved to be built in flood zones

Insurers raise alarm but builders say housing crisis leaves them with no choice

More than 5,000 new homes in flood-risk areas of England have been granted planning permission so far this year, as local authorities try to tackle the housing shortage.

Researchers analysing 16,000 planning applications lodged between January and September discovered about 200 had been approved, for a total of 5,283 new homes, in areas where more than 10% of homes were already at significant risk of flooding.

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