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Homes built on Flood Plain – compensation demanded

24 August, 2008 - by Ian Milne

Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy has said that hundreds of homeowners across the north affected by the recent flooding should have been told about the risks when they were applying for planning permission.

Mr Molloy said:

"This is totally a unacceptable situation. Local people have built their homes after being given planning permission by the Planning Service only to now find out that their homes are built in an area vulnerable to flooding.

"It is simply not good enough for Planning Services to say that the Rivers Agency did not have enough capacity to make the necessary assessments. Planning Services are the body responsible for giving people planning permission and they need to take responsibility for ensuring that when people build their homes that they have all of the information required to make an informed decision.

"This situation underlines the need for a radical shake-up of not just the entire planning process but also much greater scrutiny of Planning Services.

"Sammy Wilson needs to make sure that the Planning Service is able to deliver a professional service that meets the standards expected.

"These people who were given planning permission to build homes in the flood plains or even pushed down into these vulnerable areas by the Planning Service should be compensated." ENDS

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