The figures show that there were around 310
new homes created in the flood zone between 2015 and 2018
meaning new builds as well as existing buildings that have
been converted into homes.
The 34% of new homes built in the flood
zone in Spelthorne was
the highest proportion for any area in Surrey.
It was also up from just 1% of new homes
created in the area between 2013 and 2015.
New homes in Flood Zone 3
Runnymede had the second highest proportion
of new homes built in the flood zone in Surrey, at 10% between
2015 and 2018, compared to 7% between 2013 and 2015.
Across England, one in 11 new homes created
in 2017/18 alone were in Flood Zone 3, according to the
figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local
That’s around 20,887 homes.
The proportion of new homes being created
in the flood zone was down from 11% in 2016/17, but generally
the proportion seems to be trending upwards - having risen
from 7% in 2013/14.
Since figures began in 2013/14, there have
been around 85,000 new homes created in Flood Zone 3.
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.
In Boston, Lincolnshire, 92% of news homes
between 2015 and 2018 were in Flood Zone 3, the highest
proportion in England, while the proportion stood at 88% in
Hull, and 87% in East Lindsey, which is also in Lincolnshire.
Source - https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/one-three-new-surrey-homes-17792618