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Tree toppled by floods shows land at Upton St Leonards unsuitable for homes, say residents

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 08, 2014

Bowden Hall Farm, file picture

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VILLAGERS say a fallen and flooded tree only adds to evidence that its site in Upton St Leonards is totally unsuitable for housing.

Dozens of Upton residents have protested to Stroud District Council and warned that 15 new homes at Bowden Hall Farm would compound existing flooding problems.

But now the huge pine on the land in Bondend Road has just toppled down, renewing opponents’ concerns about the scheme.

Keith Pearson, the area’s parish council chairman and also a Stroud district councillor, said he blamed the state of the ground for the tree coming down.

“The hole where the root was, it was simply full of water,” Mr Pearson said.

“The water table is right to the surface. It is a classic example of why the land is unsuitable.

“This land is liable to flood,” he said.

Altogether 32 letters of objection to the plan put forward by Reino Kahkonen have been registered on the district council’s website.

There were also 100 people at a recent meeting about the development of the farm site, said Mr Pearson.

A potential increase in flooding, after three severe floods in Upton in recent years, is highlighted by the householders letters.

They’ve also expressed concern that the homes would be outside the defined limit of Upton St Leonards and that they’d add to existing traffic jams, particularly near the primary school.

The scheme is, however, being recommended by council officers for permission when it comes before Stroud’s Development Control Committee on Tuesday night.

They recognise flooding is a “major issue” raised by the public and that the site is bounded by the River Twyver.

However the officials’ report states the majority of the site is within the lowest flood risk category.

“Officers conclude that there is no evidence to demonstrate that the development of this site would increase flooding either to the site or other sites in the area, and, subject to conditions requiring technical drainage, is acceptable in planning terms,” they state.

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  • Jamie225  |  February 09 2014, 7:40PM

    Inside the Environment Agency have been exposing the failings of the Environment Agency for going on a year now http://tinyurl.com/o6y5w5r - others have been exposing these failings for much longer.

  • bdbear  |  February 09 2014, 5:34PM

    I am sorry upton but you have to have your share modern new builds the same as the rest of us

  • zinboya  |  February 09 2014, 12:27PM

    soldyroy, So you wont mind if i build in your backyard, will be round with plans later.

  • QuiltingQueen  |  February 08 2014, 9:53PM

    Blasted NIMBYS, of course the hole is full of water -that's what water does, runs to the lowest levels.

  • agaga  |  February 08 2014, 6:24PM

    I didn't hear them complaining when the M5 service station was up for planning

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  • soldyroy  |  February 08 2014, 3:22PM

    we've all had wet soaking land, just because a tree falls in these bad winds doesn't mean it's unsuitable, any excuse to make the builders look elsewhere, A blatant case of NIMBY.... rather selfish attitude!!!!

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  • jackson99  |  February 08 2014, 3:22PM

    I image Stroud planners might approve planning because it not near Stroud.

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