There’s been a lot of fuss about what the government’s green paper on housing doesn’t say about not building in areas prone to flooding (and it says very little of substance on this because there is no change in policy on this issue). Amongst all this fuss, the comment of the chief executive of the the National Housing Federation, which represents housing associations, stood out.

Ministers should be applauded for recognising that there’s simply no way we could tell the thousands of key workers and low income families, desperate for a decent home, that we can’t build any more new homes because of concerns about flood plains. After all, much of the country is a flood plain.

That’s gross exaggeration on both counts. If my taxes are going to be used subsidising other peoples’ homes, I’d rather those homes were built in areas where they are not going to be at risk, thank you.

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