Colony fears new flooding threa
PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010
ANGRY residents living in flood-prone Woodville Road have hit out against a decision to allow a house to be converted into flats because of concerns about drainage and over development. Hope Investments has received approval from district planners to co
ANGRY residents living in flood-prone Woodville Road have hit out against a decision to allow a house to be converted into flats - because of concerns about drainage and over development.Hope Investments has received approval from district planners to convert 14 Woodville Road, in The Colony, into three flats.However, before the plans are rubber stamped, a legal agreement for the developers to pay a financial contribution has to be formalised.A section 106 agreement demands that developers contribute towards community facilities to compensate for the impact of the development on people - this could be for education, for example, or the use of public land.However, the town council had previously recommended refusing the plans, citing over development, loss of family housing, lack of car parking and concern about evacuation in the event of a fire.But of major concern to residents is the overloading of the area's antiquated sewers - even though planning law dictates this cannot be taken into account when deciding applications.Debbie Mitchell, of Woodville Road, said: "The Colony was purposely built as an area of family housing and its social structure has been built on this - the Government is promoting family housing, so why does East Devon see fit to get rid of it?"Three flats would bring more noise and disturbance to neighbours - I have young children."Barnaby Wilder, of Woodville Road, said: "This area is already highly overdeveloped. Not only does this change the nature of the social structure, the main issue is that it puts unsustainable pressure on parking."Lara and Gary Steed, of Woodville Road, said: "We have already reached a saturation point with parking..."...we cannot believe that there will not be a detrimental impact to a drainage system designed many years ago with family housing in mind, not multiple dwelling."Mr and Mrs McMillan, of Woodville Road, agreed: "This area is a known 'high risk zone' with regards to flooding - the extra bathrooms and kitchens would put unacceptable pressures on drains and increase the risk of flooding."The architect's design statement - submitted to district planners setting out why the design is suitable for the area - concedes the area 'is at risk of flooding'.