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New homes ‘could cause flood chaos’

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: November 13, 2013

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BUILDING more houses in Cheadle could lead to flooding in the Tean and Checkley area, a council meeting was told.

The concerns were raised in a letter from the clerk of Checkley Parish Council to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s planning department, a copy of which was received at last week’s meeting of Cheadle Town Council.

The warning comes just weeks after David Wilson Homes staged an event at The Bethel in Tape Street outlining its preliminary proposals to build 160 homes off Thorley Drive.

More than 1,000 new homes have also been planned for Cheadle in the district council’s Local Development Framework, presently being studied by an inspector.

In her letter, Checkley clerk Sharon Farnell said: “A member of Checkley Parish Council has been contacted regarding the possibility of potential flooding on the River Tean in Checkley.

“I have been asked by the council to forward these concerns on to you, which we hope you can bear in mind when considering any future applications in the Cheadle area.

“John and June Salt live at the Grade II listed farmhouse known as The Rectory Farm in Checkley. The farmhouse is several hundreds years old and sits on the bank of the River Tean. It is a home which has not had water incursion in living memory.

“The owners got in touch with a councillor because he had read that there was to be potential housing developments in Cheadle. He informed the councillor that last year, water heights were within an inch of entering their property.

“It is imperative that any future development upstream whether in Cheadle or Tean must have comprehensive flood mitigation measures in place.

“This property is a very important listed building and through the centuries has been safe from flooding, even with its proximity to the river.” Councillor Richard Alcock, who has protested against any major developments being implemented in Cheadle until the infrastructure had been dealt with, said: “More houses in Cheadle will mean more water. All the water seems to be ending up at Tean and Checkley. The whole idea of more houses in the town, with the present infrastructure, is ridiculous.

“I urge that we write to the river authority, our MP Bill Cash, the Environment Agency and Mike Green the planning application manager at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council outlining our concerns over potential flooding risks.” Councillor Peter Elkin said: “Dwellings are being affected as water is being forced down towards Tean and Checkley. We have got to support Checkley in this issue.” Councillor Garry Bentley said that if developments took place on a flood area then it had to be dealt with. Councillor agreed to write to all those mentioned.

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