Calls to make sure farmland is protected from flooding

Matt Warman.
Matt Warman.

The importance of farmland must be considered when it comes to flood protection.

This was the message Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman delivered to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Elizabeth Truss.

In the chamber, he said: “It is of course right that we protect homes above farmland.

“But can I ask the Secretary of State that we consider that the value of that farmland is often what powers local economies, and that we try to get that balance as adequate as possible to ensure we protect both the economy and houses?”

Ms Truss confirmed that, under the Department’s six year plan, the Government will be protecting more farmland. Over the next five years, an additional million acres of farmland will 
be protected.

Mr Warman said: “I am pleased that the Government has committed to protecting more farmland from flooding.

“Agricultural land is the driving force of many local economies around the country, and in areas such as Boston and Skegness, is essential that it is protected alongside homes and other local businesses.

“But I will continue to press for farmland and homes to be valued appropriately, to ensure we preserve the unique character of the Lincolnshire countryside.”

The comments come as the government is to consider a plan to pay farmers for allowing their land to be flooded - when heavy rain threatens to burst river banks - to protect nearby rivers to protect towns and villages.