Risk of flooding

PUBLISHED: 07:10 09 February 2013

I write in support of Eric White and others concerning the Plumb Park Development.

Some time ago, I accessed the “feedback” part of the Plumb Park website to be confronted by a PR exercise which, at no point, asked us “Do you want this development?”.

Instead we were asked: “What facilities do you think Plumb Park should offer?” plus a series of leading questions designed to discourage negative feedback.

Amused and irritated, I replied: “Don’t build it in the first place.

“Littleham already has a huge housing estate and additionally copes with 10,000 extra visitors per year.

“These visitors don’t come for views of housing - they come to visit unspoilt coast and countryside.”

I also made the point, in support of Mr White, that this development will contribute to already critical flooding issues by taking away fields, currently in milk and arable production but also acting as a vital soakaway for the National Trust land and Littleham in general.

If Plumb Park is built, Littleham Brook will permanently overtop the current flood defences and the Clinton Arms will flood - what an own-goal that will be!

I requested that CDE release land for capital elsewhere in the region, as Littleham is already stretched to breaking point by traffic to Devon Cliffs.

CDE and Bourne Leisure cannot both own the village; the infrastructure will not take it.

Finally, I made the point that Roger Varley’s statement “three sides are already built; we may as well fill in the middle” is not a valid reason for building a housing estate, but in fact the opposite.

We need that green space, not least because Bourne Leisure has recently put more caravans on land adjoining Gore Lane - the Devon Cliffs site has expanded a great deal.

Visitors come here because we are unspoilt - how ironic that CDE should be asking Journal readers to “celebrate this amazing landscape” for the AONB 50th birthday - celebrate it by building over it, apparently.

What a weird kind of “stewardship” that is.

Clinton Devon - your plans are not supported.

Littleham’s infrastructure has already been claimed by Devon Cliffs, and you cannot compensate residents for the inevitable catastrophic flooding in the village year-on-year due to runoff.

If EDDC approve this development, then much like Elizabeth Hall, it will be apparent to all that the planning process in this part of Devon is corrupt beyond redemption or common sense.

Chloe Fox

Via email

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