The appeal site comprised the largest of three allocations forming part of a number of garden suburbs and sustainable urban extensions promoted through a recently adopted local plan. The council had, however, refused permission contrary to officer advice regarding concerns about flooding and the management of surface water drainage. The appellant submitted information demonstrating that in a 1 in 100-year rainfall event with an allowance for climate change, betterment would occur by reducing discharge rates into local watercourses. A management company would maintain a number of storage features on site.
The inspector decided that this approach to storm water and surface water management was perfectly reasonable. In his opinion it would not increase flood risk elsewhere. While local residents were rightly concerned about flood related issues on the appeal site and expected a speedy solution, in his view the appellant had adopted a practical and reasonable approach to finding a solution after the Environment Agency had been unable to take on the responsibility of maintaining the flood alleviation scheme.
Inspector: Paul Griffiths; Inquiry