THE WORK OF FLOOD GROUP
The Flood Group is formed of residents with extensive knowledge of flooding history, prevention measures already taken, and those being investigated to reduce flood risk in Capel. The team co-ordinates the research and analysis of the relevant regulatory, industry, and planning guidance with the aim of providing convincing arguments to justify why TWBC is wrong to propose 2,800 houses at Tudeley and 1,500 at Capel East.
Historic flooding events have clearly demonstrated the vulnerability of Five Oak Green, Tudeley, and the surrounding areas, which are affected by flooding from a number of sources. The increasing Leigh storage capacity is already adding to the danger. The Draft Local Plan specifies that flood ‘betterment’ is one of the key justifications for the release of Green Belt land, therefore flooding is one of the central pillars of the Save Capel campaign.
The team’s work also includes sewerage, potable water supply, adjacent quarry development, and the potential contamination from historic landfill. It has established links with the Parish Flood Committee, Environment Agency, TMBC, KCC, the Drainage Board, Tarmac, South East Water, Southern Water and the National Flood Forum. Members of the team have spoken at TWBC Cabinet and KCC Planning Committee meetings, participated in the Inspector hearing (Regulation 19) on KCC’s Mineral Plan, and presented its comprehensive report prepared for the Draft Local Plan’s Regulation 18 consultation to TWBC.