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Flooding concerns over housing plan near Hammerton

Flooding concerns over housing plan near Hammerton

Published by Harry Long at 5:40pm 24th February 2020. (Updated at 9:04am 25th February 2020)

An action group opposed to the building of new homes near Hammerton says recent flooding shows the site isn't suitable.

  • The Keep The Hammertons Green Action Group is opposed to plans for 3,000 new homes. 
  • They are leading a campaign against Harrogate Borough Council's choice of location for the homes.  
  • The group says recent flooding proves the site is unsuitable for development.

For the last three years, The Keep The Hammertons Green Action Group has led a campaign against Harrogate Borough Council's choice of location for 3,000 homes.

The plans are part of Harrogate Borough Council's local plan - which has been approved by a government inspector pending modifications.

Chris Chelton is from The Keep The Hammertons Green Action Group:

"The issue of land drainage is just one of the reasons why we've raised concerns about the choice of the Hammerton area as the site of a new town. 

"The recent heavy rain has again shown these concerns to be perfectly valid.  Green Hammerton stands on a hill and we think that creating a large new settlement here will mean the loss of natural drainage as farming land is concreted over.  

"Our climate is changing.  We're constantly being told that there's a climate emergency and that these floods are the natural consequence of that climate change.  What we can't understand is why planners and developers who are planning this town in the Hammerton area aren't listening."

A Harrogate Borough Council spokesman said:

"Our emerging policy on the New Settlement (DM4) includes a requirement through the planning process for appropriate measures to mitigate flood risk, including the use of sustainable urban drainage systems."