Floods minister says right policy is in place for homes

Following an ITV investigation that found thousands of homes have been built on floodplains against expert advice, and may now be uninsurable, the floods minister has said that central Government has concerns about flood plain development, but insists the right system is in place.

Floods Minister Dan Rogerson said local authorities are the 'right people to decide' on building homes on flood plains Credit: ITV News

Floods Minister Dan Rogerson told ITV News: "National policy guidance is absolutely clear. We shouldn't be building on flood plains except in circumstances which are very well defined."

He added: "Local authorities are the right people to decide them, they're elected locally and they will make the decisions about what's built."

Read: Britain's flood plan is 'far from watertight'

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Residents along Thames prepare for more flooding

The Environment Agency has warned communities along the River Thames throughout Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire of the risk of further flooding, after it burst its banks. There are currently more than 70 flood warnings in place.