HFAG have written to the Environment Agency and Bucks Council to express concern over the risk of flooding affecting Woodlands and Hampden Fields. The technicalities are complex, but basically the Woodlands developer (in effect, Bucks Council!) appears to be using an out of date flood map, which conveniently favours their case, rather than the more recent Environment Agency one, which doesn’t.
Furthermore, the recently adopted Vale Plan bans development on a flood plain. Yet, in a delicious irony, that is just what is proposed for Woodlands, a major part of area AGT3 contained in … er … the Vale Plan. The Council’s proposed development may therefore be in breach of their own latest policy! Not to mention the National Planning Policy Framework and the Aston Clinton Neighbourhood Plan.
Finally, the developer’s flood map worryingly shows an increased risk of flooding affecting the Hampden Fields area. This could have an adverse impact on the surface water drainage for that estate. If you need any reminders of what that can mean, here are some images courtesy of Vicki Walker.
All these points and more have been clearly set out in our letters.
The Environment Agency has today (24/9) written to the Council maintaining their objection to the development on grounds of flood risk.