Lincolnshire villagers’ flood fears were “ignored” by a housing design on soakaway property.
After an appeal against a new houses development on what they claim is a critical soakaway for surface water was thrown out, outraged residents in the Lincolnshire market town of Kirton in Lindsey expect a flood.
“This may appear insignificant to outsiders, but it is at the heart of the major difficulties communities are confronting as a result of climate change. Anyone can see how the surface water is currently, so letting new structures is insane,” says Tony Kidder, a resident.
He says that there is a clear inconsistency in planning policy. “You can see the government’ recurrent failure to solve the situation at the grassroots; all their nice language about the environment doesn’t match their overdevelopment actions on the ground.”
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Despite objections and concerns from local councils, the government’s housing watchdog, The Planning Inspectorate, has just given outline planning permission for 80 dwellings subject to specific conditions, after the developer The Strategic Land Group’s Ings Road appeal.
The authorities’ nice language about the environment is in direct opposition to their overdevelopment actions on the ground. This gets right to the heart of the major issues that communities are dealing with.
Tony Kidder is a well-known actor.
The site is in Flood Zone One and is at low danger, according to the assessment, but some wildlife conservation measures are required. It disagrees, however, that the short road access poses a safety hazard.
“There is already a proposal elsewhere in the municipality for 400 homes,” people told Crusader.
“This is one of the flattest and most flooded areas in the city, and the drainage system is overburdened. More construction will be risky; we need more safety and should not be overlooked.”
“Is it all over for their protest and did prior failures to preserve the region contribute to the current surface water problems?” Crusader asked North Lincolnshire Council, with people in the dark about what would happen next.
We have received no acknowledgement or reaction thus far.