Homes plan near Grove sparks flood fears

RESIDENTS have spoken out against plans for almost 1,000 new houses on land north of Grove.

Council leaders have earmarked the site near Monks Farm, between Grove village and Williams F1, for up to 900 homes.

Liberal Democrat county councillor and Grove resident Zoe Patrick said: “It is totally inappropriate land to be developed, right by the flood plain in the village. If it causes more flooding it would be a great concern.”

Residents say that run-off water from developments along the Letcombe Brook is worsening flooding.

John Divall, 73, of the Green in Grove, is part of the Grove Green Flood Group.

He said: “When it rains the water level in the brook rises much higher than it used to. We are concerned about this development.”

The application by developers Gallagher Estates and Gleeson Homes acknowledged the site was “within an area at risk of flooding” but the Environment Agency said it had no objections on flood risk grounds.

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1:02pm Fri 22 Feb 13

oafie says...

When it rains the water level in the brook rises much higher than it used to! We are concerned about this development.”

Of course you are and just where do you want new homes built.

When it rains where I live....it comes through the walls.
When it rains the water level in the brook rises much higher than it used to! We are concerned about this development.” Of course you are and just where do you want new homes built. When it rains where I live....it comes through the walls. oafie

1:52pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Severian says...

oafie wrote:
When it rains the water level in the brook rises much higher than it used to! We are concerned about this development.”

Of course you are and just where do you want new homes built.

When it rains where I live....it comes through the walls.
I see. So you want others to have the same unfortunate experience that you do?
[quote][p][bold]oafie[/bold] wrote: When it rains the water level in the brook rises much higher than it used to! We are concerned about this development.” Of course you are and just where do you want new homes built. When it rains where I live....it comes through the walls.[/p][/quote]I see. So you want others to have the same unfortunate experience that you do? Severian

4:46pm Fri 22 Feb 13

oafie says...

No Severian......try re reading

Water is higher in the brook than it used to be when it rains (hardly evidence for not allowing more homes for those that need them!...............
unfortunately there are some of us living in truely substandard accommodation where the damp patches and mould really are so bad that when it rains outside, the water comes through the walls.
I have yet to read of any supporters of any residential schemes or new homes anywhere.

All we hear is ...'yes we know we need new housing but just not in my back yard' 'not near me...I'm alright mate...tough s..t on those of you in need of homes' and of course we have all those people living in properties too big for their needs on social housing rents who won't move to somewhere smaller....

We have an ever increasing population of old and new, people have to accept housing needs to be built, or indeed reduce breeding or limit the number's of homes/bedrooms one person is entitled to.

The current situation is unsustainable .
No Severian......try re reading Water is higher in the brook than it used to be when it rains (hardly evidence for not allowing more homes for those that need them!............... unfortunately there are some of us living in truely substandard accommodation where the damp patches and mould really are so bad that when it rains outside, the water comes through the walls. I have yet to read of any supporters of any residential schemes or new homes anywhere. All we hear is ...'yes we know we need new housing but just not in my back yard' 'not near me...I'm alright mate...tough s..t on those of you in need of homes' and of course we have all those people living in properties too big for their needs on social housing rents who won't move to somewhere smaller.... We have an ever increasing population of old and new, people have to accept housing needs to be built, or indeed reduce breeding or limit the number's of homes/bedrooms one person is entitled to. The current situation is unsustainable . oafie

4:54pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Myron Blatz says...

The solution? Move people to parts of England which are not overcrowded, and in many cases have plenty of housing. Impossible? Not at all, and instead of concentrating jobs in the South East (including Oxfordshire) let the rest of the UK share the incomes, and the housing needs.Nor would the service-sector industries be affected, because they would simply follow the housing. It might also stop the ever-spiralling and disgusting rip-off price of housing in Oxfordshire, where even graduates on £12k stacking shelves can't afford a one-bed flat in East Oxford.
The solution? Move people to parts of England which are not overcrowded, and in many cases have plenty of housing. Impossible? Not at all, and instead of concentrating jobs in the South East (including Oxfordshire) let the rest of the UK share the incomes, and the housing needs.Nor would the service-sector industries be affected, because they would simply follow the housing. It might also stop the ever-spiralling and disgusting rip-off price of housing in Oxfordshire, where even graduates on £12k stacking shelves can't afford a one-bed flat in East Oxford. Myron Blatz

11:54am Mon 25 Feb 13

King Joke says...

North of Grove, along an express bus route to Oxford, and adjacent to the future Wantage Road station, is exactly where homes should go. It's a much better location that the old Grove airfield, which would be very difficult to serve by PT and lead to large traffic jams every day.

Of course flooding needs to be dealt with. Maybe having a front garden at every house, protected by a brick wall, instead of a tarmac drive, would help.
North of Grove, along an express bus route to Oxford, and adjacent to the future Wantage Road station, is exactly where homes should go. It's a much better location that the old Grove airfield, which would be very difficult to serve by PT and lead to large traffic jams every day. Of course flooding needs to be dealt with. Maybe having a front garden at every house, protected by a brick wall, instead of a tarmac drive, would help. King Joke

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