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15-home plan sparks flood fears

By The Citizen  |  Posted: October 30, 2013

concerns:  Bowden Hall Farm, Upton St Leonards.

concerns: Bowden Hall Farm, Upton St Leonards.

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ANGRY residents have objected to plans to build 15 houses at Bowden Hall Farm in Upton St Leonards.

Fears of flooding have been raised, as have concerns about traffic problems and the strain on an already strained road network in the parish.

Upton St Leonards Parish Council has voiced its fears about the effect of the development on five cedar trees lining Bondend Lane, which are protected by Tree Preservation Orders.

It is understood that the trees were planted by Dearman Birchall, of Bowden Hall, on the recommendation of Richard Marnock, one of the outstanding landscapers of the 19th Century.

One letter of objection sent to Stroud District Council said: "We believe that a decision was made some years ago that no development would be allowed to the east of the River Twyver, which was considered to form a natural boundary to the village. This development is outside the area."

It added: "Bondend Road has flooded on several occasions in the past few years to a depth of several feet, making the road impassable and this development would increase the flooding risk. The land is flood plain for the River Twyver which has eight tributaries bringing water down the escarpment."

Upton St Leonards Parish Council chairman and Stroud district councillor Keith Pearson said: "The parish council has objected to the plans because it is an inappropriate development for an inappropriate place. As well as sitting outside of the village envelope, just as important a factor is that it is situated just outside the River Twyver which is prone to flooding.

"This has nothing to do with a 'not in our backyard attitude'.

"We have already had the Cooper's Edge development which shows that we are not against development."

Upton St Leonards parish councillor Roy Roberts said: "We look at all housing applications sympathetically but we think this particular development is inappropriate."

The application was submitted to Stroud District Council by Hunter Page Planning on behalf of the applicant, who could not be reached for comment.

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