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Representation 8196 on BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) by Mr Ian Wingate

Support / Object: OBJECT
Document Link: BMSDC Joint Local Plan Consultation Document (Interactive) - Great Cornard
Representation: Object to the site due to flood risk.

Despite written promises from Babergh officials to maintain Black Brook and in conjunction with my voluntary efforts to help mitigate flood risk, I find the only permanent commitment to the project is me and Mr Barry.

Assessment does not formally acknowledge the flood risk, but merely refers to 'mitigation of flood risk'. This is insufficient.

Babergh's Strategic Flood Risk Assessment is almost nine years old and unfit for purpose. Has a Site Specific Flood Risk Assessment been performed?

This development plan is flawed and increases flood risk to existing homes and people.

Original submission

REFERENCE: SS0220 - Joint Local Plan / Land identified for Building


Following information received and subsequent attendance of the Babergh and Mid Suffolk open day in Sudbury on 12th October 2017, I write to summarise my investigations thus far and to formally object to the notion of any potential land development.

HISTORICAL FLOODING EVENTS (Black Brook & Wells Hall Road)

I am conversant with the recently submitted document by Mr Raymond Barry which captures the historical flooding events of Black Brook, Prospect Hill and Wells Hall Road. Mr Barry has lived in the location longer than me and is therefore best placed to document the various events and local structural failings.

However, following the flood event of 7th February 2014, I set myself the objective of understanding why this latest flood had occurred and why history was apparently repeating itself.

Over subsequent weeks and months, I met with and conducted site meetings with Babergh District Council Officials, Suffolk CC Officials, Anglian Water Officials, Parish Council Members, Highways & Byways Officials, County Councillors and Environment Agency Officials.

What emerged was a high level of disconnect and beaurocracy, which ensured that historical flood events and local resident safety were disregarded. This remains unchanged.

Despite written promises from Babergh officials to maintain Black Brook and in conjunction with my voluntary efforts to help mitigate flood risk, I find the only permanent commitment to the project is me and Mr Barry. Yesterday I performed my water flow duties at the old Victorian culvert located in Prospect Hill which continues to fall into disrepair. The top half will one day potentially kill a child or severely mame. This also applies to the culvert located at the crossroads of Wells Hall Road and Blackhouse Lane. If either of these culverts collapse (and they will at some juncture) the road, resident houses and Black Brook will flood with a heavy impact. I'm waiting for the day to occur, at which point I can produce my emails and guarantees that all will be maintained to mitigate flood.

Today (06112017) I have taken fresh images of the two culverts disrepair and the significant levels of foliage growth. I have many historical images of same.

Since the capture of conversation and written notes with the various individuals at the Sudbury open day on 12th October, I've renewed my engagement with a number of the officials, engineers and consultants. It's been both enlightening and rewarding.

Perhaps you are unaware in your early determination to develop land on project SS0220, but the nominated area is officially declared 'Flood Zone 1 Risk'.

Having read the outline plan report by Babergh, it does not formally acknowledge nor state the level of risk, but merely refers to 'mitigation of flood risk'. This is insufficient.

Perhaps you are also unaware that Babergh has not instigated a 'Strategic Flood Risk Assessment' since March 2009, thus Babergh is working with a review tool that is almost NINE YEARS old and unfit for purpose. My understanding is that Babergh has not instigated an updated review.

Perhaps you are also unaware that ANY nominated development must comply with government regulation and a 'Site Specific Flood Risk Assessment' be performed. Has Babergh instigated this assessment and if so, who is performing the review?

This development plan is flawed and increases flood risk to existing homes and people.


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