Green Britain: Homes plan on soakaway land “ignored” Lincolnshire residents’ flood fears


 “This may seem small fry to outsiders, but it goes absolutely to the heart of big issues communities are facing because of climate change. Anyone can see how the surface water remains now, allowing more buildings is mad,” says homeowner Tony Kidder.

There is a glaring contradiction in planning policy, he claims. “You see the chronic failure to address the crisis at the grassroots, all the authorities’ fine talk about the environment doesn’t match over-development deeds on the ground.”

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Despite objections and local councils’ concerns, which led to the Ings Road appeal by the developer The Strategic Land Group, outline planning permission subject to certain conditions for some 80 homes has just been granted by the government’s housing agency The Planning Inspectorate.

Its report says the land is in Flood Zone One and at low risk, some wildlife conservancy measures are required, but disagreed that the narrow lane access presents a safety issue.

But the residents told Crusader: “There is already a plan elsewhere in the town for 400 homes. 

“This area is one of the flattest and waterlogged now, drainage is overloaded. More building will be dangerous, we need more protection, not be ignored.”

With the residents in the dark as to what happens next, Crusader asked North Lincolnshire Council: “Is it all over for their protest and did previous failures to protect the area contribute to the present surface water problems?”

So far we have received no acknowledgment or response

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