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New Local Plan Options

Q3. Which Housing and Employment Option(s) do you favour? You can select a single option, a number of options or suggest a new option. You can also tell us which options you don't like.

Representation ID: 3328

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

The attached letter provides the Environment Agency's response to Q3, and includes the following topics:
Flood Risk. All new development should be steered away from areas at flood risk.
Water Quality. The foul effluent resulting from new development must not be allowed to cause deterioration in the water environment.
Water Resources / Supplies / Efficiency. The availability of and efficient use of water will be important to new development.
The Water Framework Directive (WFD). The Local Authority has a duty to contribute to the achievement of the WFD.
Biodiversity. New development should protect and enhance existing habitats.

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New Local Plan Options

Q8. Which Strategic Distribution Option(s) do you favour? You can select a single option, a number of options or suggest a new or hybrid option or suggest another location.

Representation ID: 3364

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

In line with the National Planning Policy Framework, all new development should be steered away from areas at flood risk. According to the latest information available to the Environment Agency there is an element of Flood Zone in Option site B and Option site C. Notwithstanding this, the Environment Agency has provided formal comments on the recent planning applications for sites A and B, and is considering the planning application submission for Option C. It will be for the Local Planning Authority to decide, which, if any, of the proposals should be taken forward as sites for future growth.

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New Local Plan Options

Option 6: Lutterworth SDA

Representation ID: 5143

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

From a flooding prepective, in line with NPPF, sites located within Flood Zone 1 would be our preferred location for growth in the District. Sites located within FZ3b is not permitted for residential development and would only be appropriate for a very limited type of employment development. Sites in FZ 3a and 2 must be sequentially tested from a flooding perspective and whenever possible development should also be steered away from these locations.
The River Swift flows through the southern part of Lutterworth and is a tributary of the River Avon. The river has a history of flooding in Lutterworth, most recently in 2008. Housing development of the scale proposed in Options 6, 8 and 9 would significantly increase the surface water run off into the River Swift and its tributaries. It will be necessary for this to be managed at source so that flood risk is not increased further downstream in Rugby.
The Plan should include policies which support the inclusion of space for wildlife and water in all new development in the District. Policies which promote sustainable drainage solutions to water managment (swales, ponds)can provide habitat for wildlife as measures to promote the naturalisations of water courses.

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New Local Plan Options

Option 8: Scraptoft / Thurnby SDA and Lutterworth SDA

Representation ID: 5144

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

From a flooding prepective, in line with NPPF, sites located within Flood Zone 1 would be our preferred location for growth in the District. Sites located within FZ3b is not permitted for residential development and would only be appropriate for a very limited type of employment development. Sites in FZ 3a and 2 must be sequentially tested from a flooding perspective and whenever possible development should also be steered away from these locations.
The River Swift flows through the southern part of Lutterworth and is a tributary of the River Avon. The river has a history of flooding in Lutterworth, most recently in 2008. Housing development of the scale proposed in Options 6, 8 and 9 would significantly increase the surface water run off into the River Swift and its tributaries. It will be necessary for this to be managed at source so that flood risk is not increased further downstream in Rugby.
The Scraptoft/Thurnby/Bushby area's flow towards the city of Leicester, so increased development around those locations could increase the risk of flooding in the City.
The Plan should include policies which support the inclusion of space for wildlife and water in all new development in the District. Policies which promote sustainable drainage solutions to water managment (swales, ponds)can provide habitat for wildlife as measures to promote the naturalisations of wter courses.

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New Local Plan Options

Option 9: Lutterworth SDA and Kibworth SDA

Representation ID: 5145

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

From a flooding prepective, in line with NPPF, sites located within Flood Zone 1 would be our preferred location for growth in the District. Sites located within FZ3b is not permitted for residential development and would only be appropriate for a very limited type of employment development. Sites in FZ 3a and 2 must be sequentially tested from a flooding perspective and whenever possible development should also be steered away from these locations.
The River Swift flows through the southern part of Lutterworth and is a tributary of the River Avon. The river has a history of flooding in Lutterworth, most recently in 2008. Housing development of the scale proposed in Options 6, 8 and 9 would significantly increase the surface water run off into the River Swift and its tributaries. It will be necessary for this to be managed at source so that flood risk is not increased further downstream in Rugby.
The Plan should include policies which support the inclusion of space for wildlife and water in all new development in the District. Policies which promote sustainable drainage solutions to water managment (swales, ponds)can provide habitat for wildlife as measures to promote the naturalisations of water courses

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New Local Plan Options

Option 7: Scraptoft / Thurnby SDA and Kibworth SDA

Representation ID: 5146

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

From a flooding prepective, in line with NPPF, sites located within Flood Zone 1 would be our preferred location for growth in the District. Sites located within FZ3b is not permitted for residential development and would only be appropriate for a very limited type of employment development. Sites in FZ 3a and 2 must be sequentially tested from a flooding perspective and whenever possible development should also be steered away from these locations.
The Scraptoft/Thurnby/Bushby area's flow towards the city of Leicester, so increased development around those locations could increase the risk of flooding in the City.
The Plan should include policies which support the inclusion of space for wildlife and water in all new development in the District. Policies which promote sustainable drainage solutions to water managment (swales, ponds)can provide habitat for wildlife as measures to promote the naturalisations of water courses

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New Local Plan Options

Option 1: Rural

Representation ID: 5147

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

From a flooding prepective, in line with NPPF, sites located within Flood Zone 1 would be our preferred location for growth in the District. Sites located within FZ3b is not permitted for residential development and would only be appropriate for a very limited type of employment development. Sites in FZ 3a and 2 must be sequentially tested from a flooding perspective and whenever possible development should also be steered away from these locations.
The River Swift flows through the southern part of Lutterworth and is a tributary of the River Avon. The river has a history of flooding in Lutterworth, most recently in 2008. housing development of the scale proposed in Options 6, 8 and 9 would significantly increase the surface water runoo into the River Swift and its tributaries. It will be necessary for this to be managed at source so that flood risk is not increased further downstream in Rugby.
The Scraptoft/Thurnby/Bushby area's flow towards the city of Leicester, so increased development around those locations could increase the risk of flooding in the City.
With reference to the flood maps, areas to the west of the District identified as being at flood risk include: the area west of Fleckney, south of Great Glen, south of Newton Harcourt, the Broughton Astley area, east of Ullesthorpe, and north and west of Leire.

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New Local Plan Options

Option 2: Core Strategy Distribution

Representation ID: 5148

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

From a flooding prepective, in line with NPPF, sites located within Flood Zone 1 would be our preferred location for growth in the District. Sites located within FZ3b is not permitted for residential development and would only be appropriate for a very limited type of employment development. Sites in FZ 3a and 2 must be sequentially tested from a flooding perspective and whenever possible development should also be steered away from these locations.
The EA's flood level modelling for the River Welland is currently under review and will be updated shortly (by end of year).
The River Swift flows through the southern part of Lutterworth and is a tributary of the River Avon. The river has a history of flooding in Lutterworth, most recently in 2008. housing development of the scale proposed in Options 6, 8 and 9 would significantly increase the surface water runoo into the River Swift and its tributaries. It will be necessary for this to be managed at source so that flood risk is not increased further downstream in Rugby.
The Scraptoft/Thurnby/Bushby area's flow towards the city of Leicester, so increased development around those locations could increase the risk of flooding in the City.
With reference to the flood maps, areas to the west of the District identified as being at flood risk include: the area west of Fleckney, south of Great Glen, south of Newton Harcourt, the Broughton Astley area, east of Ullesthorpe, and north and west of Leire.

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New Local Plan Options

Option 3: Urban

Representation ID: 5149

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

From a flooding prepective, in line with NPPF, sites located within Flood Zone 1 would be our preferred location for growth in the District. Sites located within FZ3b is not permitted for residential development and would only be appropriate for a very limited type of employment development. Sites in FZ 3a and 2 must be sequentially tested from a flooding perspective and whenever possible development should also be steered away from these locations.
The EA's flood level modelling for the River Welland is currently under review and will be updated shortly (by end of year).
The River Swift flows through the southern part of Lutterworth and is a tributary of the River Avon. The river has a history of flooding in Lutterworth, most recently in 2008. Housing development of the scale proposed in Options 6, 8 and 9 would significantly increase the surface water runoo into the River Swift and its tributaries. It will be necessary for this to be managed at source so that flood risk is not increased further downstream in Rugby.
The Scraptoft/Thurnby/Bushby area's flow towards the city of Leicester, so increased development around those locations could increase the risk of flooding in the City.
With reference to the flood maps, areas to the west of the District identified as being at flood risk include: the area west of Fleckney, south of Great Glen, south of Newton Harcourt, the Broughton Astley area, east of Ullesthorpe, and north and west of Leire.

Comment

New Local Plan Options

Option 5: Kibworth SDA

Representation ID: 5150

Received: 30/10/2015

Respondent: Environment Agency

Representation Summary:

From a flooding prepective, in line with NPPF, sites located within Flood Zone 1 would be our preferred location for growth in the District. Sites located within FZ3b is not permitted for residential development and would only be appropriate for a very limited type of employment development. Sites in FZ 3a and 2 must be sequentially tested from a flooding perspective and whenever possible development should also be steered away from these locations.
The EA's flood level modelling for the River Welland is currently under review and will be updated shortly (by end of year).
With reference to the flood maps, areas to the west of the District identified as being at flood risk include: the area west of Fleckney, south of Great Glen, south of Newton Harcourt, the Broughton Astley area, east of Ullesthorpe, and north and west of Leire.

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