New flood guidance

Guidance for developers and planners to ensure new properties are as flood-proof as possible were unveiled yesterday. Developments will need approval by an environmental agency before going ahead, and where buildings are located in a flood risk area developers should provide buyers with details of measures to reduce flood risk. The Association of British Insurers, which produced the guidelines, also urged the construction industry to develop a kite mark scheme for buyers and insurers that would measure how ‘climate resilient’ a building is.