Look closely at developments

Sir,

The Committee on Climate Change report said, the country was close to the limit in coping in areas such as water supplies and flooding – and climate change could push it over the edge.

The UK could be increasingly vulnerable to expected climate impacts including more floods, heatwaves and droughts, because the risks are not being taken fully into account in decisions on areas such as planning and water supplies.

The Government’s climate advisers have warned that more urban sites are being paved over despite a rising risk of flooding.

Last year Severn Trent Water warned they would struggle to meet demand in case of drought. Only eight per cent of areas in England are at risk of water shortages.

Policy 35 of the Adopted East Midlands Regional Plan states that the strategies of relevant public bodies should take account of the potential of climate change on flooding and land drainage, by requiring sustainable drainage in all new developments where practicable.

The separation of surface water from all new development has been enforced since 1984 under Building Regulations. Have you seen flooding in your area? Has there been an increase in development?

What action in seeing that developments comply with policy 35 that covers climate change on flooding and land drainage, by requiring sustainable drainage in all new developments where practicable. How much visible evidence of surface water storage, holding back storm water from new development can you see?

Housing that will also require a water supply as Seven Trent Water not only struggle to meet demand in case of drought, but also cope with the increase surface water that has been forced upon them through planning decisions of the past. Is this the way forward?

So I urge you to take a look at all proposals for future development in your borough not just your local area as developments some miles away can still affect you.

N.W. Packham

Ilkeston