York Outer MP Julian Sturdy calls for national debate on flood plain homes

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy

York Outer MP Julian Sturdy

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A YORK MP has raised concerns in the House of Commons over a lack of planning safeguards to stop housing being built on flood plains.

Conservative MP for York Outer Julian Sturdy has called for a national debate on the matter after recently raising concerns about City of York Council’s proposals to build large housing developments in “flood-risk areas”.

Mr Sturdy said in Parliament: “With the country suffering some of the worst flooding in living memory. Is it not time that we started to learn the lessons of the past?”

He is urging the council to rethink large housing developments around York, including the 650-house site at Germany Beck in Fulford, which was granted planning permission last year.

A new town of 5,500 houses near Heslington, to be known as Whinthorpe, and a further 750 houses to the north of Haxby have also been proposed by the council, despite being located in areas prone to flooding, the MP’s office saId.

But in response, City of York Council has said housing developments would not be built on areas of “high flood risk”.

Coun Dave Merrett, cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said: “Housing developments are not permitted to be built on areas of high flood risk in York.

"Furthermore, the council works closely with all applicants through the planning process to ensure that all new homes and buildings that may be proposed to be built in areas where there is any flood risk are suitably protected. However, it’s important to stress that the process used rules out areas within the flood plain.”

He said proposals outlined in the Local Plan are draft allocations subject to further examination and added that developments are not allowed to increase the flood risk and are required to have effective drainage.

In Germany Beck he said the developer has provided appropriate flood mitigation measures as well as wider Government funded improvements on the A19.

Responding to Mr Sturdy’s concerns in the House of Commons, leader of the house Andrew Lansley said 99 per cent of planning decisions on housing by councils last year were in line with the Environment Agency’s flood risk advice.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Sturdy said he was unconvinced. He said: “It has been revealed this week that almost 200,000 homes have been approved to be built on floodplains by the Environment Agency since its formation in 1996.

"As we have seen, this has been a recipe for disaster, and the council needs to rethink its short-term and potentially dangerous fascination with building in areas at risk of flooding.”

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11:08am Sat 22 Feb 14

think! says...

York Council seems amazingly ill-informed regarding Germany Beck. Houses are proposed in floodzone 2 and 3. The proposed flood mitigation measures are wholly inadequate. I hope public consultation will be carried out with regard to the flood mitigation measures because York Council do not seem to know the local conditions. For more accurate information on houses in the floodplain check out map on facebook page: Helpsavefulford or twitter @helpsavefulford
York Council seems amazingly ill-informed regarding Germany Beck. Houses are proposed in floodzone 2 and 3. The proposed flood mitigation measures are wholly inadequate. I hope public consultation will be carried out with regard to the flood mitigation measures because York Council do not seem to know the local conditions. For more accurate information on houses in the floodplain check out map on facebook page: Helpsavefulford or twitter @helpsavefulford think!
  • Score: 19

1:57pm Sat 22 Feb 14

BL2 says...

Never mind high risk areas. Pretty much any risk is unacceptable as proven by recent weather!
Never mind high risk areas. Pretty much any risk is unacceptable as proven by recent weather! BL2
  • Score: 18

2:15pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

A few years ago I remember driving alongside a field that was under two or three feet of water on the outskirts of Malton. There was planning permission for a hundred houses on the site. Barmy.
A few years ago I remember driving alongside a field that was under two or three feet of water on the outskirts of Malton. There was planning permission for a hundred houses on the site. Barmy. Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 16

2:29pm Sat 22 Feb 14

anistasia says...

Hope people don't buy the houses if built at Germany beck because of the flooding risk people from outside the area may buy unknowing it floods then they won't get home insurance.hope potential buyers look at the flood site web pages before buying.and if the council keep it quiet someone could sue them.
Hope people don't buy the houses if built at Germany beck because of the flooding risk people from outside the area may buy unknowing it floods then they won't get home insurance.hope potential buyers look at the flood site web pages before buying.and if the council keep it quiet someone could sue them. anistasia
  • Score: 17

3:47pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Mr. Marcus says...

think! wrote:
York Council seems amazingly ill-informed regarding Germany Beck. Houses are proposed in floodzone 2 and 3. The proposed flood mitigation measures are wholly inadequate. I hope public consultation will be carried out with regard to the flood mitigation measures because York Council do not seem to know the local conditions. For more accurate information on houses in the floodplain check out map on facebook page: Helpsavefulford or twitter @helpsavefulford
Very well put, Thnk!
Mr. Sturdy is right on tis matter.
York council, especially the planning department, are made up of salaried officers and they make the decisions in York.
The elected councillors are said and led by the officers.
It is our elected councillors lead the way, and abandoned all plans involving flood plains in and around York.
[quote][p][bold]think![/bold] wrote: York Council seems amazingly ill-informed regarding Germany Beck. Houses are proposed in floodzone 2 and 3. The proposed flood mitigation measures are wholly inadequate. I hope public consultation will be carried out with regard to the flood mitigation measures because York Council do not seem to know the local conditions. For more accurate information on houses in the floodplain check out map on facebook page: Helpsavefulford or twitter @helpsavefulford[/p][/quote]Very well put, Thnk! Mr. Sturdy is right on tis matter. York council, especially the planning department, are made up of salaried officers and they make the decisions in York. The elected councillors are said and led by the officers. It is our elected councillors lead the way, and abandoned all plans involving flood plains in and around York. Mr. Marcus
  • Score: 14

5:08pm Sat 22 Feb 14

digendelve says...

think! wrote:
York Council seems amazingly ill-informed regarding Germany Beck. Houses are proposed in floodzone 2 and 3. The proposed flood mitigation measures are wholly inadequate. I hope public consultation will be carried out with regard to the flood mitigation measures because York Council do not seem to know the local conditions. For more accurate information on houses in the floodplain check out map on facebook page: Helpsavefulford or twitter @helpsavefulford
York council neither know nor care about flooding conditions, it's all about their quotas. They'll be building flats on roundabouts next.
[quote][p][bold]think![/bold] wrote: York Council seems amazingly ill-informed regarding Germany Beck. Houses are proposed in floodzone 2 and 3. The proposed flood mitigation measures are wholly inadequate. I hope public consultation will be carried out with regard to the flood mitigation measures because York Council do not seem to know the local conditions. For more accurate information on houses in the floodplain check out map on facebook page: Helpsavefulford or twitter @helpsavefulford[/p][/quote]York council neither know nor care about flooding conditions, it's all about their quotas. They'll be building flats on roundabouts next. digendelve
  • Score: 13

5:17pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Digeorge says...

Just why after the last few weeks floods are they still planning to build on a flood plain which is known to flood. Hmm.

Sock it to them Julian
Just why after the last few weeks floods are they still planning to build on a flood plain which is known to flood. Hmm. Sock it to them Julian Digeorge
  • Score: 15

12:19pm Sun 23 Feb 14

novromkil says...

The Council should provide a flood guarantee for the first 10 years on the basis that their planning decisions deem the builders flood re-mediation measures sufficient and adequate.

Any flooding in the first 10 years should come from Council funds.

Appreciate that this means the public end up paying but it may make the planning decisions a little more rigorous.
The Council should provide a flood guarantee for the first 10 years on the basis that their planning decisions deem the builders flood re-mediation measures sufficient and adequate. Any flooding in the first 10 years should come from Council funds. Appreciate that this means the public end up paying but it may make the planning decisions a little more rigorous. novromkil
  • Score: -1

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