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HIPs criticised for not detailing flood risk

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Tanya Powley

Home Information Packs have come under fire for failing to require sellers to admit if their home is a flood risk.

Conservatives have said that the scheme was “utterly untrustworthy and misleading” because new figures showed that one in ten new houses had been built on flood plains.

A parliamentary written answer reveals that 10 per cent of new homes built in 2004 were in flood risk areas, with provisional figures for 2005 showing that 9 per cent were at risk from floodwaters.

A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government has dismissed the comment stating that information on flooding is available for free on the Environment Agency’s website.

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