Environment Agency’s objection to caravan site due to flood risk
A proposed development worth £2 million for a caravan site in Wick Lane, Ardleigh has been objected to by the Environment Agency due to flood risk. Wick Lane is in very close proximity of the Ardleigh Reservoir and the development would spread over 14 acres of farmland which ‘lies within Flood Zone 1’ according to the Environment Agency’s report. A formal objection by the agency that was published on Tendring council’s planning website, has asked developers to submit a Flood Risk Assessment before the application can move forward. According to this: ‘The proposed scale of development may present risks of flooding onsite and/or offsite if surface water run-off is not effectively managed’ and ‘The absence of a Flood Risk Assessment is therefore sufficient reason in itself for a refusal of planning permission.’
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