King’s Sutton residents who have suffered flooding to their homes in recent years are threatening legal action if a new housing development makes matters worse. Banner Homes gained planning permission two years ago to build 40 new houses on land contiguous to water meadows in the village. Work on the new development is scheduled to start next month. However, Banner Homes left it until just before the Christmas holiday to submit plans for dealing with sewerage and water run-off from the site, which many King’s Sutton residents fear will greatly exacerbate the village’s existing problems with flooding.
Having examined Banner Homes’ latest plans, residents have expressed concerns on a number of issues:
A small group of residents has engaged a legal firm to act on its behalf and has given notice to Thames Water, to the Environment Agency and to South Northants Council that compensation claims will be made against one or more of them in the event that “inadequate pre-planning measures ultimately lead to new flooding- and sewerage-related issues...” The group has been advised that independent claims could also be submitted and potentially funded from each plaintiff’s household insurance policy.
* Click here for background information on a typical cellular crate-based SuDS. Please be aware, however, that the system described on this site may not be the same as the one proposed by Banner Homes.
Deadline for Comments on Latest Banner Homes Plans
King’s Sutton residents are entitled to submit their views on the latest plans from Banner Homes by email or post. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Officially referred to as an “application for Reserved Matters Approval,” the plans and relevant documents can be viewed on South Northamptonshire Council’s on-line planning register here.
Those without Internet access can inspect the application at the council’s offices in Towcester at any time between 08:45 and 17:15, Monday to Thursday and up to 16:45 on Friday. (If you wish to speak to the Case Officer, you should make an appointment before visiting the office.) The application also comes up for discussion at the next meeting of the parish council’s planning committee, which takes place in the first floor Astrop Room of the Millennium Memorial Hall at 19:00 on Thursday, January 3, 2013.
Letters/emails to the planning authority should clearly indicate the application number (S/2012/1535/MAR) and state whether you are objecting/supporting/commenting on the application. If commenting by email, please also remember to include your postal address. The council will inform you of its decision in due course.
Click here for useful information about making comments to the planning authority.
Posted comments should be sent to:
Mr Daniel Callis
South Northamptonshire Council
Use the appropriate email link in the Quick Contacts section of this site to email the council’s planning department.
Residents are also free to send their views to Thames Water and the Environment Agency:
Rose Kiln Court
Rose Kiln Lane
Use the appropriate email link in the Quick Contacts section of this site to email Thames Water’s Developer Services department.
Pytchley Lodge Road
Use the appropriate email link in the Quick Contacts section of this site to email Mr O'Neill .
Please note that by law, any letter/email you write to the planning authority is not confidential and may be read by others including the applicant. South Northamptonshire Council will not consider any anonymous letters/emails that make representations on applications.
Our picture of the Banner Homes site was taken by Banbury Lane resident Ian Shirley on December 15, 2012 and is one of several photographs showing flooding in the area that can be viewed here.