Concerns have been raised after the recent Storm Babet caused flooding on the site of a major city development. Heavy rainfall on Friday, October 20, caused widespread disruption across Lincolnshire with many homes and properties being flooded.
One area of flooding, which has caught the attention of local Facebook groups and Lincoln’s MP, is on the site of a planned 3,200-home development in the city. The City of Lincoln Council‘s Western Growth Corridor project, to be constructed off Skellingthorpe Road, will see thousands of homes built as well as a neighbourhood centre, a business park and transport infrastructure.
Plans have been submitted to start building the first 52 homes in the area – but the recent rainfall and flooding on the Swanpool site has raised concerns over the project’s flood and drainage strategies. Lincoln MP Karl McCartney called for “urgent reassurance” from the council on what measures are in place if a similar storm was to take place again.
He said: “One area of concern continues to be the flooding on the site of the Western Growth Corridor development at Swanpool to the west of the city. This does not bode well for the planned new 3,000 plus housing development.
“Urgent reassurance is needed on what exactly will happen if such a storm with similar rainfall levels occurs again. This also includes what the impact will be of displacing any excess water that in the future would have flooded that area? Where will it then go – will it lead to flooding elsewhere in Lincoln and across the rest of the County?
“The City of Lincoln Council and Labour councillors need to reassure everyone that they have the answers – and what those answers are.”
Assistant director for growth at city of Lincoln Council, Jo Walker, says there are “very detailed” flood and drainage strategies in place for the development which have been subject to “extensive consultation”. She claims that drainage upgrades will put the whole city in a better place to deal with a similar weather event.
Ms Walker added: “Detailed drainage proposals for each phase of development will be subject to further consultation and approval. However, as we have yet to start building houses on the lower part of site, there is no need for these mitigations to be operational at this time.
“The attenuation tanks and drainage system which will be installed will have more than enough capacity to deal with the volume of water left on the field after the weekend’s heavy rainfall. This complete new drainage system will be built as part of the scheme and, at each stage of the development, the flood and drainage strategy for the upcoming work will be agreed by relevant bodies, such as the Environment Agency, Anglian Water and the Internal Drainage Board.
“Ultimately the development will have drainage features which will safeguard the homes within the development from flood events. This will include significant drainage upgrades to the existing network which will put the entire city of Lincoln in a better position to handle the, extremely rare, quantity of rainfall seen over past weekend.”
The City of Lincoln Council has submitted plans for the first set of homes and is working with partner Lindum Group to carry out the development.