Flood fear over new homes

PUBLISHED: 08:13 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:42 15 June 2010

AN Axminster man is concerned a phased development totalling 120 new homes could cause flooding in the town. Graeme Woodcock viewed plans for the development after reading in last week's Herald about an application for 66 new homes on land near his home.

AN Axminster man is concerned a phased development totalling 120 new homes could cause flooding in the town.Graeme Woodcock viewed plans for the development after reading in last week's Herald about an application for 66 new homes on land near his home in Brunenburg Way."The plans are huge," he said in a letter to the Herald. "Phase one is for 66 homes, phase two for a further 44 homes, plus 11 more dwellings on the space where the little bungalow at the end of Morton Way was flattened."Mr Woodcock is asking what the development will mean for the residents of Woodbury Lane, Musbury Road, Boxfield Road and Morton Way.He believes the development site currently absorbs away "millions" of litres of water a year."Covering it in concrete will bring flooding to the whole area," he said, pointing out Axminster Carpets could be affected.Mr Woodcock said the development would mean "another 200 cars and 300 residents using the Musbury Road/Woodbury Lane/Gamberlake Crossing"."The roads cannot cope now."It means six years of builders, bulldozers and crane equipment working 8am to 8pm, six days a week, destroying the quality of life for hundreds of Axminster residents."Plans for phase one of the development scheme have been submitted to East Devon District Council. There will be a period of public consultation before the application is determined.

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