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01/02/2018

Appeal: NPPF flood policy author’s intervention does not justify ‘floating homes’

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Two ‘flood-resilient’ homes that can float during flood events have been refused, after an inspector cited conflict with national guidance prohibiting new homes on land at risk of flooding, despite an intervention from the author of those policies.

The proposal sought permission for two “water-compatible” floating houses, which use “flood resilient foundation design” to allow them to rise with flood water. The lightweight timber-framed houses sit on a concrete pontoon structure filled with expanded polystyrene; when the site floods, water enters the dry dock below and the house floats upwards. “Non-slip&rdquo.....Sign Up or Login to read full article

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