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Thousands of homes on flood plains with no insurance

An ITV investigation has found that hundreds of thousands of homes have been built on flood plains around the UK, against expert advice. Many of their inhabitants risk being stranded in an unsellable property with no insurance.

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Councils could charge home owners for flood plans

A rainbow over the flooded Somerset Levels. Credit: PA

A deal has been struck between house builders and the government which could see councils charging owners of new homes for the cost of flood prevention measures, according to a BBC News report.

The 2010 Flood Act requires landscaping such as ponds and hollows to trap flood water around new housing developments.

Professor Richard Ashley from Sheffield University told the BBC that developers are "lobbying furiously behind the scenes" to persuade the government to pass on the cost of the water storage plans to buyers.

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