A View From Middle England - Conservative with a slight libertarian touch - For Christian charity and traditional belief - Free Enterprise NOT Covert Corporatism

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Floody nuisance!

I like this quote from Eric Pickles, the Shadow communities secretary. "Gordon Brown has to accept the inconvenient truth that if you build houses on flood plains it increases the likelihood that people will be flooded." This all comes as the Housing Minister, Yvette Cooper told MPs new guidance would require councils "to plan more widely for the consequences of climate change," including flooding. She has indicated that new houses could still be built on flood plains.

Even if the councils built defences, the very fact that NEW houses were being built on the very ground that could be flooded seems arrant nonsense. But then New Labour is the project supreme of arrant nonsense. Who would want to buy a house that an insurance company had marked down as a severe risk. May not even get insurance. Are the house builders going to risk their capital on such a project?

Already this latest lot of damage is estimated at £3 billion for insurance companies. And that's those who HAVE insurance. A lot will be grumpily suffering as a result of being uninsured.

Madness is never far away from politicians it seems. What on earth has induced Ms Cooper to think a flood plain is still a possibility for building a house. Maybe she and her hubby, Ed Balls, could buy the first house as an example to us all. As good citizens we will bail her out, literally, in the event of a disaster!


It has to be said. There is nothing inherently wrong with building homes in areas prone to flooding, provided allowances are made in the construction and infrastructure. Just building ‘standard’ places would do no good.

The best solution I have seen was in the US where they built three story properties.

They were built on concrete piles or ‘stilts’. The ground floor was a slightly raised concrete pad for vehicle parking or storage of small boats and closed in with an open slatted arrangement.

The ‘first’ floor was where the hall, louge, kitchen, utility, etc. were. The second floor for bedrooms, bathrooms etc.

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