Bearing all this in mind, building houses on a flood plain would be madness, wouldn’t it? It is ironic that flood plains, in at least one sense, lend themselves well to new developments. They are flat and level areas and require little predevelopment landscaping as a result. But this, of course, doesn’t outweigh the attendant dangers involved in building in these areas.
Despite these dangers, in January, Lord Krebs, the government’s global warming adviser, said that new developments should be built on flood plains provided that the risks from flooding are made clear to potential purchasers.
Are we so full as a country that we have no choice but to build on flood plains? Perhaps not – yet. But if the population continues to grow developers may have no choice but to built on less than suitable land and potential buyers may have no choice but to buy the houses built there.
Who knows, maybe in the future a workable and permanent solution to the problems caused by flooding can be found. In the meantime, if you have a new build or extension plan in mind, do give us a call on 0800 3118 321 and we’ll be happy to discuss your plans with you.