Floods fears over Longridge new homes plans

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The lack of a drainage scheme in plans for a major housing development has led Longridge Town Council to give an application the thumbs-down.

Barratt Homes’ reserved matters application for 363 dwellings on land east of Chipping Lane contained no details of a drainage scheme, councillors heard.

Chairing last week’s meeting, mayor Coun Sarah Rainford said the council would object to the application as there was no detailed drainage scheme for the controversial site.

She said that councillors also needed to know how the developer was going to address the flooding issues raised many times by residents.

It was decided that clerk Lesley Lund would write to the borough council to ask if there had been any response to the flood report included in their initial letter responding to the reserved matters application, and also who would be responsible if the land flooded.

The meeting heard from residents with homes near the site, Eric Ball and Belinda Singleton, both concerned about who would meet any liability incurred should development detrimentally affect water courses even further.

In the initial letter, brought to the meeting, the council had stressed its extreme concern with the borough’s outline planning permission for the Barratt site.

It stated: “The drainage on site at present is inadequate and further development will exacerbate the problem.

“The council is so concerned that the issue has not been properly addressed that it commissioned its own independent report.”

A Barratt report had not considered the effects of surface water flooding downstream, but the town council’s report found there were high risk flood plain areas that would be exacerbated by additional peak flow and volume downstream from the site, and there was also the risk of sewers flooding.

Coun Swarbrick said: “They know our concerns now over flooding – could we please have a reply on those and on who would be liable should it occur?”

Ribble Valley Borough Council will have the final say on the plans.