Numerous attempts to build houses in the Sealand Basin have been rejected by the local council on the grounds that the land is part of the flood plain of the River Dee. The Civic Trust has consistently objected to planning applications for any further development in the area on the grounds that further building will increase the flood risk to hoMes and businesses in the surrounding area.
Yet the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has granted outline planning approval for 142 houses off Sealand Road on land that was used as playing fields by the former Chester College
The recent heavy rainfall has resulted in flooding that has closed the Deva Link, turned the Meadows into a lake and left local residents with waterlogged gardens and flooded cellars. The Civic Trust has questioned whether the flood protection scheme that is proposed by the developers will be adequate to protect existing homes and businesses from further damage from flooding.