Flood bid rejected

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A LANDOWNER has lost an appeal against refusal of planning permission for a scheme to build 19 homes which would have funded a flood prevention scheme in a village on the outskirts of Sheffield.

Steve Lunn, of Field House Farm, Renishaw, was working with retired engineer Frank Hardy, and Roland Bolton, of DLP Planning, to develop the scheme on land off Emmett Carr Lane, Renishaw, which they say would have protected homes flooded in the 2007 deluge.

Mr Hardy, of Parson Cross, had come up with a drainage system which involved channels and a pond to hold surplus water during heavy rain.

The scheme was refused planning permission by Bolsover Council in January on the grounds of unacceptable impact on the Green Belt.

Mr Lunn appealed, claiming the work was justified because of funding the flood prevention work, and no surrounding residents had objected. Some had sent in a petition in support of the scheme.

But planning inspector Martin Whitehead dismissed the appeal, saying: “The domestic appearance of the buildings and curtilages and the resulting urbanisation would have an adverse effect on the rural character and appearance of the site and the immediate surrounding area.

“The proposed development would represent an encroachment into the countryside by residential development.”

He added the severe flooding of 2007 was a ‘one in 150-year event’ and doubted a developer could be found to build the houses in the current economic climate.

After the decision was made, Mr Hardy said: “What a farce. There is nobody in the area who is against the development. The only people who would be able to see the new buildings are those whose homes would be protected by the flood prevention measures - and they support what was proposed.”

Mr Bolton said he was ‘disappointed’ but ruled out a further appeal. He said: “We have invested a lot of time and money into this project and at present I cannot justify spending more time and money on the project which is unfortunate because I still consider that it is a fundamentally a good scheme to solve a local flooding problem.”