Homes being built without flood resistance is "scandalous" says author of report into 2007 floods

New building regulations must be introduced to force developers to improve the flood resilience of new homes, says a report on the devastating 2007 floods.

The author of the Pitt Review said regulations were needed because new homes were being built with inappropriate materials.

Speaking on BBC Radio Sir Michael Pitt said: “It is scandalous that new property is now being built with materials that are susceptible to flooding.”

“All new homes in flood risk areas should be built with sustainable urban drainage and flood resistant materials.

The Pitt Review said that the government, local authorities and the public should take flooding more seriously. It contains 92 recommendations on making Britain better able to cope with the scale of flooding seen last year.

The Pitt Review is an independent report commissioned by the government.