Land Bordering Clifton Drive and Sealand Road Chester Cheshire – Erection of up to 150 dwellings and demolition of nos. 272, 274, 276 and 278 Sealand Road with all matters reserved except access
The Chester Civic Trust has the following comments on this application:
The Government has a planning policy that requires land for housing to be subject to a sequential test to avoid development on areas at serious risk of flooding. This policy has been followed in the preparation of the adopted CWAC Local Plan Part 1 where land at Wrexham Road has been allocated for housing development to provide for future housing needs for the City of Chester.
The application site is a floodplain and defined by the Environment Agency (EA) as Category 3 which is a site with a high probability of flooding. Furthermore, half of the site is Category 3b which is land designed to hold flood waters, to a considerable depth, at times of hydraulic stress.
The application site is allocated for open land uses in the Chester District Local Plan.
The site is not worthy of being treated as an exception to the sequential test, due to the severity of the flooding risk and the allocation of sufficient land for housing to meet future needs in the recently adopted Local Plan Part 1.
The development of this site would take up valuable flood water capacity so that in times of flood other properties in the area would be in greater danger of flooding. The effects of climate change are expected to increase the risk of flooding in the future.