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Government warned over Thames Gateway housing flood risk

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PLANS TO build on the Thames flood plain combined with a lack of information on the state of flood defences are putting London at risk of a New Orleans' scale tragedy, London politicians warned last month.

'The impact of floods may worsen because new developments are planned within the floodplain, increasing the number of people and properties potentially at risk, ' says a report published by the London Assembly's environment committee.

The government plans to build up to 90,000 new homes on a 60km wide strip of land lining the Thames, east of London.

An Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) spokesman said development was unlikely to raise the flooding risk, as most of the construction will be on brownfield sites.

The ODPM is to publish new planning guidance for building on flood plains later this year.

The London Assembly committee's report London under threat?

Flooding risk in the Thames Gateway also raised concerns about flood defences. It said most of the those inside London were in good condition, but that outside the capital, the condition of 65% of defences are unknown.

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