Flood fear in Marley Road homes bid

A bid to build two new homes in Halsdon, Marley Road, has not been backed by town planners because of fears it could lead neighbouring gardens to flood.

An application to build two detached homes at The Maldens, Marley Road, has been filed.

But residents and councillors said the plans would be overdevelopment of the area and would exacerbate flooding in the area.

At the town’s planning committee on Monday Mr C Sturgess of nearby Barrowdale Close told councillors that the recent building of two homes in Dinan Way had already affected the ability of drains in the area to cope with rainfall.

“I am concerned about flooding and the affect that another property will have on my garden.

“If there is heavy rainfall I can’t use my garden for a month.”

Residents Anne and Kevin Mackay also objected and said that the site was ‘too small and would be overdevelopment and detrimental to the surrounding properties.’

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District councillor Jill Elson wrote “There is a sewer drain system at the rear of the properties of 18, 19 and 20 Barrowdale towards Jubilee Drive.

“This used to be cleared by the previous owner of the Maldens once a year…this has not been done since the change of owner.

“Is the drainage able to cope with the extra buildings?”

Halsdon councillor Tim Dumper said: “I agree that this is overdevelopment.

“I have looked from next door at Mt Sturgess’s garden and there is a problem.

“The issue of access also raises its ugly head. The space between the hedge and the house is ridiculous

“I would object on drainage, overdevelopment and access.”

The plans will now be considered by district planners.