Housing plans spark a flood of complaints

Housing plans spark a flood of complaints

Brian Cooper in the field where houses are set to be built

Flooding in East Hanney in 2008

First published in Wantage/Grove Herald Series: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter, also covering Barton and Wood Farm. Call me on (01865) 425427

RESIDENTS have hit out after planning councillors approved a 15-home development on village land they say often floods.

Vale of White Horse District Council approved Linden Homes’ bid for the greenfield meadow in East Hanney by Alfreds Place last Wednesday.

This was despite objections from East Hanney Parish Council and villagers over flooding concerns.

The village was badly hit by floods in 2007 and 2008, and the land was water-logged again last week after heavy rain.

Vale council leader Matthew Barber, who also represents the area, last night said the authority was satisfied the flood risk had been addressed.

But Brian Cooper, of Alfreds Place, said the council had pushed the development through in its drive to hit housing targets.

He said: “The reason this went through is because the council perceives it needs social housing in the Hanneys.”

Mr Cooper, 48, said all the surrounding houses would be at a higher risk if heavy rains came again like in 2007 and 2008.

He said: “If we have another event like that the number of properties that are damaged will increase and the damage will be worse as the water level will be higher.

“I think we are all going to regret the mistake.”

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Ian Green, 58, of nearby Oxford Road, said: “It doesn’t seem to be right.

“That field acts as a holding pit for storm water. And because the ground is so flat through here the water doesn’t go anywhere.”

Parish council chairman Bob Spencer said: “During the recent rain the site was flooded. It was covered in water.

“We don’t think developers have answered our questions regarding the flood risk and how they will dispose of flood water.”

Another Alfreds Place resident, who did not want to be named, said: “We have nothing against building homes as there is a need for housing but I’m not sure it is the best place to build.”

Mr Barber said sufficient drainage would be in place.

He said: “The flood risk concern was taken into account and it was felt the risk was not significant.

“There is a need to build houses but there is no point in us building houses where it will flood.”

Linden Homes did not respond to a request for a comment.

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8:43am Sat 5 May 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

"The reason this went through is because the council perceives it needs social housing in the Hanneys.”
Well I'm glad that it doesn't want anti-social housing. But if the gentleman means public housing, then is there a lot of work in the area? Or would they just house ucli's and if so, why?
"The reason this went through is because the council perceives it needs social housing in the Hanneys.” Well I'm glad that it doesn't want anti-social housing. But if the gentleman means public housing, then is there a lot of work in the area? Or would they just house ucli's and if so, why? Lord Palmerstone
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9:07am Sat 5 May 12

steve1955 says...

OH DEAR are the poor going to move in the excuse of flooding didnt win what are they gonna try next to deny people homes
NIMBYS look for another argument to keep your area exclusive
OH DEAR are the poor going to move in the excuse of flooding didnt win what are they gonna try next to deny people homes NIMBYS look for another argument to keep your area exclusive steve1955
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10:38am Sat 5 May 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

The car park behind him appears to be unaffected, I'm guessing the photo was taken after a heavy downpour, the rain not having had chance to drain away.
The car park behind him appears to be unaffected, I'm guessing the photo was taken after a heavy downpour, the rain not having had chance to drain away. Dilligaf2010
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10:45am Sat 5 May 12

Andrew:Oxford says...

Why not demand that the new homes are built with large family-sized gardens and drives made of permeable materials?

Simple things like this help mitigate the flood risks.
Why not demand that the new homes are built with large family-sized gardens and drives made of permeable materials? Simple things like this help mitigate the flood risks. Andrew:Oxford
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1:17pm Sat 5 May 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

steve1955 wrote:
OH DEAR are the poor going to move in the excuse of flooding didnt win what are they gonna try next to deny people homes
NIMBYS look for another argument to keep your area exclusive
How dare they? We have an obligation to ucli's don't we? Do we? Why do we? They have access to contraception like normal people , don't they? Why should everywhere be like the London Borough of Newham. If you like ucli's , you have them in your house Steve.
[quote][p][bold]steve1955[/bold] wrote: OH DEAR are the poor going to move in the excuse of flooding didnt win what are they gonna try next to deny people homes NIMBYS look for another argument to keep your area exclusive[/p][/quote]How dare they? We have an obligation to ucli's don't we? Do we? Why do we? They have access to contraception like normal people , don't they? Why should everywhere be like the London Borough of Newham. If you like ucli's , you have them in your house Steve. Lord Palmerstone
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2:18pm Sat 5 May 12

steve1955 says...

Lord p
unlike the ignorant pig you must be i accept there are all types in this world some are worse off than others for many reasons think what life might have been for you i presume your not a real lord
Lord p unlike the ignorant pig you must be i accept there are all types in this world some are worse off than others for many reasons think what life might have been for you i presume your not a real lord steve1955
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9:13am Thu 10 May 12

smithadm says...

Having recently attended my first 'planning committee meeting', nothing would surprise me regards their decision making!

They are a group of stuffy fools! Out of touch, with no interest in addressing the complaints and concerns put to them!

I am not one to normall encourage conspiracy theories, however it was also very interesting that the first 15 minutes of the meeting was wasted as each person on the committee declared interests in every one of the 10 cases being considered!!! We need a new system.........
Having recently attended my first 'planning committee meeting', nothing would surprise me regards their decision making! They are a group of stuffy fools! Out of touch, with no interest in addressing the complaints and concerns put to them! I am not one to normall encourage conspiracy theories, however it was also very interesting that the first 15 minutes of the meeting was wasted as each person on the committee declared interests in every one of the 10 cases being considered!!! We need a new system......... smithadm
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4:36pm Fri 11 May 12

Buntcuster says...

He'd make a great scarecrow in that T-shirt. And I'm sure a few houses beats having a resovoir on your doorstep so stop being such snobs and deal with it
He'd make a great scarecrow in that T-shirt. And I'm sure a few houses beats having a resovoir on your doorstep so stop being such snobs and deal with it Buntcuster
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10:51am Wed 16 May 12

Kevsan1 says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
steve1955 wrote: OH DEAR are the poor going to move in the excuse of flooding didnt win what are they gonna try next to deny people homes NIMBYS look for another argument to keep your area exclusive
How dare they? We have an obligation to ucli's don't we? Do we? Why do we? They have access to contraception like normal people , don't they? Why should everywhere be like the London Borough of Newham. If you like ucli's , you have them in your house Steve.
Well Said Lord!! I agree, if you want kids make sure you can afford it. I want a Porche but cant afford one but I dont expect the rest of you to chip in for me!!! I just have to go without
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steve1955[/bold] wrote: OH DEAR are the poor going to move in the excuse of flooding didnt win what are they gonna try next to deny people homes NIMBYS look for another argument to keep your area exclusive[/p][/quote]How dare they? We have an obligation to ucli's don't we? Do we? Why do we? They have access to contraception like normal people , don't they? Why should everywhere be like the London Borough of Newham. If you like ucli's , you have them in your house Steve.[/p][/quote]Well Said Lord!! I agree, if you want kids make sure you can afford it. I want a Porche but cant afford one but I dont expect the rest of you to chip in for me!!! I just have to go without Kevsan1
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11:06am Wed 16 May 12

steve1955 says...

If someone puts in for plannibg permission for a workhouse you can all support it best to keep the peasants away from you might spoil your ideal world
If someone puts in for plannibg permission for a workhouse you can all support it best to keep the peasants away from you might spoil your ideal world steve1955
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