DC Casebook: Agricultural development - Lake judged likely to increase flood risk

The retention of a lake in a field at a Dorset farm has been judged unacceptable following a ruling that it is likely to increase rather than reduce the risk of flooding.

The lake had been formed through excavation and construction of an embankment. It lay close to a stream in an area assessed by the Environment Agency to fall in flood zones 2 and 3. Since the embankment fell mainly in zone 3, the inspector was concerned that it cut flood storage capacity.

The development would affect flood levels in the catchment of the stream, he decided. He rejected the appellant's claim that the lake could provide additional storage during a flood. Spare capacity at such a time was not guaranteed, he pointed out.

DCS Number 100-069-525

Inspector Michael Robins; Written representations.

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