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  • Residents raise flooding concerns for Andrews Lane housing site

    Danielle Thompson

    A PROPERTY developer who wants to build up to 99 homes on land in Formby has refuted claims it described a regularly flooded ditch as ‘dry’ when making a planning application for the site.

    Formby Parish Councillor Derek Baxter spoke out about his flooding fears after plans for the development on Andrew’s Lane were given the go-ahead.

    In September, the Champion revealed that the parish council had criticised the decision to conditionally approve a new homes and apartments development on land the size of eight football pitches in Formby.

    Redrow Homes plans to build the development, which includes 31 ‘affordable’ houses, on the land to the south of Andrew’s Lane and Andrew’s Close with access as a continuation of Andrew’s Lane.

    Councillor Baxtor told the Champion that he has concerns with the number of potential developments in the pipeline for the area creating flooding risks.

    Formby resident Angela Ryan contacted the Champion to flag concerns that the Andrew's Lane runoff, which she claims the developer cited as ‘dry’ on their plans, is regularly flooded, leaving her with concerns that the site will flood when built on.

    She said: “I took the photograph (above) of the ‘dry’ Andrews Lane watercourse that Redrow plan to use for drainage. During planning they said it’s dry so therefore they can discharge runoff from the site into it. But local residents have repeatedly pointed out it is not dry! These plans exacerbate the chance of flooding to the existing houses and Redrow have proposed culverting the ditch which will make it even worse.”

    Robin Buckley, for Redrow Homes said: “The reference to a section of ditch being dry is taken from an ecology report dealing with water voles. At the time of the survey in August 2016, a section of the ditch was recorded and photographed as being dry.

    “This has nothing to do with our drainage strategy, which has been agreed with Sefton Council and the Environment Agency, and we will be undertaking works designed to improve the current position.

    “Instead of water running off the site uncontrollably into the existing watercourse, as it does now, we will create a new balancing pond which will discharge run-off surface water at a controlled rate. . As part of our planned works we will be providing a larger culvert to improve the flow of water.”

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