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If ever a picture typified the selfish, greedy and altogether blinkered thinking of a government who hasn’t got a clue about running a countries infastructure …. could this be it?

Flooded development site 2015

The causes of major flooding, such has been witnessed in this country over the last decade are many and varied, but one of the primary causes, (and one that has scarcely been mentioned by the government or the mainstream media in any depth) is the totally irresponsible, and contemptuous manner in which many of the nation’s ‘Flood Plains’ have been utilised for building homes.

More than 200,000 homes were built on flood plains between 2001 and 2011, and following legislation introduced by the Tory/Lib Dem coalition government and strengthened by the current Tory incumbents – it is now even easier for councils to approve planning applications in ‘risky’ areas.

In 2011, the coalition government relaxed planning rules, which meant that local councils had no obligation to report cases where they purposely ignored the advice of the Environment Agency and Conservation groups whenever concerns were raised.

Floodplains are, by their very nature, low-lying, flat lands adjacent to rivers, lakes and oceans and of course, are subject to periodic flooding. They are created when a river or stream breaks its banks, and over many years, the deposits of silt gradually build up and create a ‘floor’, which becomes a natural place for a river to dissipate it’s energy during excessive periods of rainfall.

If this entirely natural process is interfered with, by building housing for example, land which previously absorbed the rising water levels which accompany periods of prolonged and/or rainfall, cease to function as it should and the water will accumulate elsewhere.

2001 – 2011

Architects say it’s possible to build homes which will resist flooding, but they come with additional costs, which many greedy developers refuse to meet, and will purposely ignore the risks completely to build homes which they know are not safe from flooding, but are certainly safe in the knowledge that the government and its various agencies – will allow them to do it.

 

16 Comments

  1. OldGit
    OldGit December 27, 2015

    Many years ago some government agency forbad homes to be built with the previously raised flooring and an air-gap under the floor. Now they must all be built with the flooring at ground level.

    I’ve tried to find out why, and who pushed that through, but without success.

    Does any poster here have the answer?

    • David
      David December 27, 2015

      Basically here in the UK we have building regs to comply you should have four inches of insulation celotex or kingspan this is normally is done in the form of eight by four rigid sheets and can more easily be laid beneath the now favoured concrete slab or beam and block flooring.

      If you were to revert to timber joist you would need to infill between the joist whilst maintaining the air flow under the floor, this would take longer to do correctly and is more skilled than a solid concrete floor slab or beam and block.

      In a nut shell it comes down to doing it as cheaply as possible.

      Leaving out land cost and the civills side of things you are looking at around £50k to build a house with the labour and materials, the major house builders pay about £30k per house plot.

      Let’s say another £20k for the civills and you have £100k per house to build that will sell for an average of say £200k.

      I hope this helps, I have simplified things to keep a response short.

      • ADMIN
        ADMIN December 27, 2015

        Many thanks for your comment David, very comprehensive.

      • OldGit
        OldGit December 28, 2015

        Got it!. Cheap is good and f*ck the buyer of the house and the fact that it might only last as long as, say, 50 years, whereas the house I was brought up in,bwith air-gap under there floor was built in 1900 and is still standing trouble-free 115 years later.

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  3. Bandini
    Bandini December 28, 2015

    It’s been strange watching places I know well appearing on the Spanish news.

    (My gran was once evacuated in a fireman’s dinghy, and there they were on the telly, helping others ‘escape’ from the same place, several years later).

    Now Cameron has turned up to wade in his wellies – hurrah! – promising to spend what’s necessary blah blah blah. (He must have heard the word ‘riverBANK‘ and got confused; when he realises he’ll remember that there’s nowt left in the jar for boring infrastructure, and the only bailing out is for the City.)

    Here’s another flood plain about to be built on – the locals fought a long campaign against it but finally lost earlier this year. The photo in the article is from 2012; I imagine there is a bit more ‘damp’ there at the moment, but it won’t stop ’em:

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  7. Mungo Jerry
    Mungo Jerry December 29, 2015

    A corrupt environment agency along with a corrupt government and their refusal to dredge the rivers properly did not help either

    • OldGit
      OldGit December 29, 2015

      But..But.. They are the most Gay-Friendly Bureaucracy in the land, right?. Their former Queer boss said they would be.

      Surely THAT must count for something. right?.

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      Smee hee December 31, 2015

      Bang on Mungo…..People also need to realise that the sky is engineered and not a Con piracy.

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