‘One in ten new homes built in England over the past seven years have been constructed on land at the most risk of flooding, it was revealed last night.
More than 84,000 at-risk properties have been built since 2013, with the number of homes built in these areas annually more than doubling in recent years.
Experts claimed the Government should review housebuilding targets amid claims councils are facing pressure to build more homes despite a lack of suitable sites.
It comes as a rural insurance firm estimated it would pay out £20million in claims for damage caused by Storm Ciara as communities handle the aftermath of Dennis.
Rob Wilby, a geography professor at Loughborough University, told The Guardian: ‘We’re compounding the existing risk by continuing to build on the floodplain.’