Outline drainage strategy for homes held adequate

Sufficient drainage information has been supplied to justify granting permission in principle for 24 houses on allocated land in a Yorkshire village, an inspector has decided.

The council had refused the application on flood risk grounds, arising from concerns that a proposed surface water drainage scheme relied upon watercourses in third party riparian ownership and future maintenance and management of these watercourses had not been secured.

After considering the appellants’ flood risk assessment and outline drainage strategy, the inspector was satisfied that sufficient detail had been submitted at this outline stage to show that the scheme provided an acceptable solution. A crucial factor, in his view, was the appellant’s willingness to accept conditions ensuring that suitable flood risk management arrangements were put in place and appropriate measures delivered prior to the development commencing.

Inspector: Andrew McCormack; Written representations

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