My heart goes out to everyone affected by the flooding in and around town. I wasn’t around in 1947 but I have lived in the town for all but 3 years of my life and I have never seen anything like this before
The planning application was quite correctly turned down by officers and CWAC councillors and the Environment Agency as a statutory consultee recommended refusal on the terms of flood risk. Yet someYep absolutely agree - so just cannot understand how planning permission has been granted to build in the Dane Valley off London Road - totally and utterly disgraceful. God help the poor saps who buy those houses !!
Quite agree James. Can CWAC impose requirements for flood defences retrospectively?The planning application was quite correctly turned down by officers and CWAC councillors and the Environment Agency as a statutory consultee recommended refusal on the terms of flood risk. Yet some
unelected Government Inspector chose to ignore all of these concerns and grant planning consent.
By this time the developers will be long gone having trousered £Ms from developing the site Leaving the EA and CWAC being blamed by the new residents when their homes are flooded.
I do not wish any potential new residents of this development any ill-will, but it will be interesting to see if they will be able to get insurance against flooding and, if so, how much this will cost
But they won’t be unsafe when first constructed and even if they are flooded at a later stage this doesn’t necessarily make them unsafe. There are lots of properties throughout the U.K. that have been flooded several times over the last few years (York is probably the best example) but aren’t deemed as unsafe. And the powers that LAs do have re taking action about unsafe buildings are limited and where they do exist they put the onus - quite correctly - on the owners to resolve these issues. Echoes of the high-rise cladding issues spring to mind....There has to be some measure that would allow the Council/Building inspectorate to intervene on the grounds that the development was now unsafe?