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.