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The article 'New buildings need to reect climate change' (NCE last week) stated that 'communities and local government said it does not have a policy for adapting to climate change, except to design houses to be cooler in the summer'. This is not the case. Indeed, I recently met with the Association of British Insurers and discussed these very issues.

While it is true that the government is urging builders and developers to think about what needs to be done to the fabric of buildings to ensure they are adaptable for hotter summers and more erratic winters, the recently published PPS25 emphasises the importance of taking account of flood risk in relation to planning decisions.

PPS25 sits within the approach to tackling climate change set out in the overarching policy statement, PPS1. We are consulting on a new PPS on climate change, to supplement PPS1. This makes it plain that climate change must be a key and integrating theme in all plans. It is no longer enough for planners and developers to consider it when the rest of business is taken care of.

We will shortly be issuing guidance both on flood resilient construction and on how to implement PPS25 policy.

Angela Smith MP, communities and local government minister, Department for Communities and Local Government, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5DU

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