Allow me to take this opportunity to remind you of something I suggested when the Conservative government first announced its plan to end “nutrient neutrality” rules that protect environmentally-sensitive waterways from pollution by new housing estates:
They’ll be built on the flood plains of environmentally-sensitive rivers, and most likely without any of the mitigation measures the government has promised.
So when they flood – and they will – those houses will be filled with human “wee and poo”.
Do you really want that stuff to get into everything you own? Have a think about it.
It seems the members of the House of Lords did have a think about it (those peers love Vox Political) and threw out the whole idea:
Levelling-Up and Regeneration Bill.
Lords defeat govt 177: 146.
Oppose giving local authorities power to grant planning permission to build residential properties on functional floodplains or in areas at high risk of flooding.
Will upset developers funding the Tory party
— Prem Sikka (@premnsikka) September 13, 2023
So there you have it.
These houses would indeed have been built on flood plains or areas at high risk of flooding – so not only would the rivers have been full of pollution after the “nutrient neutrality” rules were scrapped, but your house would have been full of it too.
The developers wouldn’t have cared because they would have had your money already.
Oh – but now it looks like they’re not going to have your money because they’re not going to be able to build on these flood plains.
And that means they won’t be keen to donate some of that money to the Tories (which is what This Writer thinks was the whole point of the plan in the first place).
So guess who’s really mad about it? Here’s Tory MP Simon Clarke, who has indeed taken at least one donation from a property developer (I stopped looking when I found one) – and a response from a right-thinking member of the public:
The Tories are allowing the water companies to pollute our seas & rivers, destroy our environment & now you're going to allow the building trade to do the same. Good on Labour.
— Mona Ropper (@monaropper999) September 13, 2023
And would you like to know the real joy of this Tory defeat? Here‘s the BBC:
Because of the late stage at which the government tried to introduce the change, it cannot try again in the House of Commons now it has been defeated in the Lords.
Ministers would need to bring the proposal forward in a new bill.
I wonder if they will?
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