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Flood fears resurface with housing site underwater

Wellesbourne Airfield
Wellesbourne Airfield

Residents say they are angry that local knowledge was ignored by planners at Stratford District Council when the application was approved in 2012.

Kineton resident, Gerard Lewis, said: “It’s beyond belief to me and many other residents that they were given permission to build there. “The pictures I have taken of the flooded site are no exaggeration and the flooding is very typical for that field, I’ve seen it happen many times over the years.

“The rainfall here has not been severe and this is the result. “I’ve sent the pictures to the developers and the local MP with my concerns. I think there is apathy towards the new developments around Kineton, residents feel that they have no control over anything.”

Though planning permission was granted in 2012, Kineton Parish Council along with some residents, objected to the application at the outline planning stage, citing concerns over flooding and other issues.

At the time, the district council received 38 letters in objection to the application and three in favour. The Environment Agency did not object to the application though it said a scheme to mitigate the risk of flooding would need to be built into the plans. Bloor Homes and Stratford District Council were unavailable for comment on the matter this week. Elsewhere in Stratford district, the Environment Agency has the area on high alert as further rain is expected in the coming days.

At the time of going to press yesterday (Wednesday), there were flood alerts in place on the Middle Avon and the Environment Agency said further alerts could be issued in the event of heavy rain.

Late last week, there was a flood alert on the River Dene through Wellesbourne, but that has now been withdrawn A spokesman told the Herald: “Environment Agency teams will be out and about on the ground making sure that blockages are removed from rivers so they can run freely and monitoring the impact of the rain on the rivers.

“Residents and businesses are encouraged to do their bit by signing up to Environment Agency flood warnings online or by calling floodline on 0345 988 1188. “Once registered, if a Flood Warning is issued, they will receive an automatic message by telephone, SMS text message and/or e-mail.

“For further information about how to prepare for flooding and to find out if your home is at risk please visit www.gov.uk/prepare-for-a-flood “Flood alerts and warnings can be checked at: www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding and you can also follow the Environment Agency on Twitter, @EnvAgencyMids” A specialist firefighter from Stratford has been sent to help flood victims deal with flooding in North Yorkshire.

Alan Smith, a high volume pump tactical advisor, is helping the emergency services responding to the floods in York. Hundreds of people in the city have been forced to leave their homes following torrential rain over Christmas.

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