Experts fail to agree on flooding risk of new houses

Experts fail to agree on flooding risk of new houses

Experts fail to agree on flooding risk of new houses

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

TWO drainage experts have been at loggerheads over whether a plan to build houses in Menston could increase the risk of flooding there.

The plan was narrowly approved at a heated meeting of Bradford Council's Regulatory and Appeals Committee at City Hall yesterday.

Chartford Developments had applied to build 12 family homes on a green field in Bingley Road, Menston.

But locals were concerned at the cumulative effect of the plan on drainage in the area, especially as developer Taylor Wimpey intends to build more than 130 homes on land further along the same road.

Outline permission has already been granted for the Taylor Wimpey scheme and a full application will be considered soon, the meeting heard.

Permission has also been granted for a separate development of 173 homes on nearby Derry Hill.

Drainage expert Professor David Rhodes, who was opposing Chartford's development, spoke about his concerns over ground water emergence.

But the Council's own drainage manager, Tony Poole, said the site was in the lowest flood risk area, 'flood zone one'.

He told the meeting he had decades of experience of flooding problems in the district.

He added: "In terms of Menston, in this area of Menston I do not know of one property which has actually been flooded."

Committee chairman Councillor David Warburton said last Friday the district had experienced "an exceptional downpour" and asked both men whether this site had become waterlogged as a result.

Mr Poole said: "There were no signs of anything like that."

But Prof Rhodes said any flooding on the site would be caused by more sustained rainfall, not sudden downpours.

He said: "It's only when there's prolonged rainfall. The water comes from Ilkley Moor."

Committee member Councillor Malcolm Sykes said he had hoped for a drainage expert who could speak completely independently, to settle the matter.

He said: "I'm still stuck between a rock and a hard place here, in terms of understanding who's right and who's wrong."

The plan was eventually put to the vote, and approved by a whisker.

Councillors Abid Hussain (Lab, Keighley Central), David Warburton (Lab, Wyke), Alan Wainwright (Lab, Tong) and Doreen Lee (Lab, Keighley East) voted in favour of the plan, and Councillors Anne Hawkesworth (Ind, Ilkley), Malcolm Sykes (Con, Thornton and Allerton) and Jackie Whiteley (Con, Wharfedale) voted against it.

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8:44am Fri 15 Aug 14

sorrow&anger says...

The vote was strictly on party lines, with our ruling Labour faction continuing with their 'grass for cash' policy designed to plug the hole in the Council's finances created by incompetent management. The experts could have saved their breath.
The vote was strictly on party lines, with our ruling Labour faction continuing with their 'grass for cash' policy designed to plug the hole in the Council's finances created by incompetent management. The experts could have saved their breath. sorrow&anger
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1:06pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Mike Strutter says...

The councils own drainage manager isn't exactly going to say anything different is he ?
The councils own drainage manager isn't exactly going to say anything different is he ? Mike Strutter
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2:53pm Fri 15 Aug 14

linebacker2 says...

Mike Strutter wrote:
The councils own drainage manager isn't exactly going to say anything different is he ?
A quick look at the Environment Agency flood map for Menston shows that the council's drainage manager is entirely correct.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Strutter[/bold] wrote: The councils own drainage manager isn't exactly going to say anything different is he ?[/p][/quote]A quick look at the Environment Agency flood map for Menston shows that the council's drainage manager is entirely correct. linebacker2
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9:39am Sat 16 Aug 14

Willard says...

And a quick look at the British Geological Survey or groundwater emergent flooding shows that Menston is in the highest risk area which would entirely support the Professor and show that the river flooding argument or flash flooding argument is a straw man and that the greatest danger is from groundwater emergent flooding. Having cycled past this Bingley road, it is often a lake over 1 m deep, why does anyone want to risk buying a home on a seasonal lake, they will never get insurance cover. Someone is lying here big time.
And a quick look at the British Geological Survey or groundwater emergent flooding shows that Menston is in the highest risk area which would entirely support the Professor and show that the river flooding argument or flash flooding argument is a straw man and that the greatest danger is from groundwater emergent flooding. Having cycled past this Bingley road, it is often a lake over 1 m deep, why does anyone want to risk buying a home on a seasonal lake, they will never get insurance cover. Someone is lying here big time. Willard
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9:49am Sat 16 Aug 14

menstonjohn2 says...

Tony Poole's comments on Menston Flooding hold no water!! he said two years ago he knew of no flooding in Menston.
But the councils own Flooding Report shows a bus stranded in in flood water in Menston on the front cover. He has been shown photo's and video's of the flooding in the village but still says Menston does not flood.
It truly makes you doubt the integrity of the Bradford Planning Department
Tony Poole's comments on Menston Flooding hold no water!! he said two years ago he knew of no flooding in Menston. But the councils own Flooding Report shows a bus stranded in in flood water in Menston on the front cover. He has been shown photo's and video's of the flooding in the village but still says Menston does not flood. It truly makes you doubt the integrity of the Bradford Planning Department menstonjohn2
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5:56pm Wed 20 Aug 14

localydocaly says...

if the la is that concernd why does it not get an independant survay done ?????
if the la is that concernd why does it not get an independant survay done ????? localydocaly
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