Rescue teams in Carlisle, Cumbria. Thousands of homes across the North of England were evacuated during last winter’s floods. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Thousands more homes have been built in flood zones, it can be revealed, as figures show the full extent to which local councils have granted planning permission for them in spite of official objections about the risk of flooding.
Figures obtained by i under the Freedom of Information Act showed yesterday how more than 1,200 residential properties have been given a green-light after flood risk advice from the Environment Agency was overruled or partially overruled in the five years since 2011/12.
An analysis by this newspaper of further data provided by the agency has now revealed that the figure was only the tip of a larger iceberg.
More than 4,400 “residential units” – nearly four times as many – have been approved in total in…