HIPs criticised for not detailing flood risk
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.