Where new homes are being built in flood-risk areas of Devon

 

This table of figures shows the number of new homes built in flood risk 3 areas of Devon from 2013 to 2018. In absolute terms East Devon is next worst to Teignbridge and the numbers are increasing.

Claire Miller www.plymouthherald.co.uk

Table of number of new homes built in flood risk 3 areas of Devon

 

Local authority Proportion in flood zone – 2013 to 2015 Proportion in flood zone – 2015 to 2018 Number in flood zone – 2015 to 2018
East Devon 3% 5% 140
Exeter 7% 5% 85
Mid Devon 6% 4% 45
North Devon 3% 4% 49
South Hams 3% 1% 11
Teignbridge 4% 10% 201
Torridge 1% 0% 2
West Devon 6% 20% 104
Plymouth 2% 1% 17
Torbay 5% 5% 54

The Environment Agency defines three different flood zones, according to risk.

Zone 1 is reserved for areas where there is a less than 0.1% chance of flooding in any given year, and development there is largely unrestricted.

Zone 2 is for places with a risk of between 0.1% and 1%, and developments there need to be risk-assessed, if alternative sites can’t be found. Development is more tightly controlled still in Zone 3.

 

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