Flood warning over West Norfolk village homes verdict
More new homes in a West Norfolk village will make existing flooding problems even worse than they already are, community leaders have warned.
Officials say a proposed development at the corner of Hall Road and Wildfields Road in Clenchwarton, which has already been backed in principal, should get the final go-ahead next week.
But parish councillors in the village have insisted that issues which they claim have arisen from previous developments should be taken into account.
They say: “Since the two most recently built properties were built neighbouring homes have suffered extreme flooding every time it rains.
“Neighbours are unable to use their gardens, this is a huge issue for them, and their quality of life has been greatly affected.”
Ten additional properties are proposed in the scheme put forward by Lavish Estates Limited.
The plan was given outline permission in 2016, with detailed proposals set to be considered by West Norfolk Council’s planning committee on Monday.
Borough officers, who have recommended approval, say that concerns about surface water flooding can be addressed by conditions on any consent.
But former borough mayor David Whitby, who is the village’s ward councillor, requested that the application go to committee.
And Alexandra Kemp, who represents the village at Norfolk County Council, claims the development breaches planning guidelines by increasing flood risk.
She described the site as “heavily flood-prone”, adding: “When new homes are built on higher foundations than surrounding homes, this increases the risk of surface water-run off to properties at lower levels.”
However, officers’ report to the committee also quoted a resident who said claims they had to replace their kitchen as a result of flooding were inaccurate.
They also argued that drainage dykes in the area were now working better than previously.