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Residents voice their concerns over 200 home development in Radcliffe

Residents have objected to plans to build around 200 new homes in Radcliffe-on-Trent over concerns the site is a flood risk.

Rushcliffe Borough Council says the site to the north of Nottingham Road has been allocated for new homes as part of its development plan.

Applicant, the Mosaic Group, is calling on the council to grant outline planning permission for a residential development of around 200 new homes and some employment land.

The site is currently used as agricultural land forming three large fields.

It had previously been proposed that the application be for 300 homes, but this has since changed  following discussions with council officers.

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The application proposes that 30 per cent of the homes will be affordable.

A total of 40 letters of objection have been received stating “the site floods every year and is unsuitable for housing” and the busy A52 is already “at capacity”.

Three ward councillors have also objected to the application saying that “it is arguably within the River Trent flood plain”.

They said: “The two fields to the north of this site have recently been flooded and surface water has entered the site from the south.

“Although there are flood mitigation proposals, we are aware of the recent comment from the head of the Environment Agency that, wherever possible, new housing developments on river flood plains should be avoided.

“We suggest that there may now be more appropriate sites within Radcliffe that are not within the flood plain and these should be thoroughly investigated before this application progresses further.”

Radcliffe on Trent Parish Council have objected saying flooding continues to be a major concern. Holme Pierrepont and Gamston Parish Council also object based on the impact on traffic on the A52.

Following a previous objection to the proposals, the Environment Agency state that they have worked closely with the flood risk consultant and agents to reach a positive outcome.

Council planning officers said in their report: “Primarily, the development site is not at risk of flooding from the River Trent because the site is protected from flooding by the presence of a material under the railway embankment at Holme Lane (north of the site) which provides a continuous line of defence.

“In the event of a breach or failure of that the railway embankment there would be a extremely low residual risk of flooding at the development site.”

It has been recommended that planning permission be granted subject to a number of conditions.

Councillors sitting on the planning committee will decide the fate of the application when they meet on Thursday, 10 March.

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