The Express & Echo has taken up the scandalous story of the situation currently being faced by Feniton, following Wainhomes’ failure to comply with the condition placed on them by the Planning Inspector in 2012 to install attenuation tanks before any of the houses at their ‘Winchester Park’ site is occupied.
The article (http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Feniton-faces-8220-real-threat-8221-flooding/story-23025763-detail/story.html) was put on line yesterday and will be in print today.
Sadly, it appears that no spokesman was available to comment on the story.
East Devon District Council has warned that there is a “very real threat” to Feniton becoming more vulnerable to flooding if a developer does not “urgently” comply with a condition of its approval of 50 homes.
Meanwhile, ward member for Feniton and Buckerell Councillor Susie Bond has branded Wainhomes as having “blatant disregard” for breaking the condition in its failure to install two attenuation tanks near the development on Louvigny Close, for surface water run-off to relieve flooding.
Due to an overloaded sewerage network and surface water from surrounding fields, some residents in the village have, over the years, been forced out of their homes due to flooding for months on end.
And some residents as recently as the end of September were flooded again with raw sewerage rising up through the drains.
Residents and councillors claim their village has been “under siege” from developers, with a so-called super inquiry in January seeing the district council fighting three appeals for a total of more than 200 homes, winning two but losing one for 32 homes.
An East Devon District Council spokesman confirmed that officials have written to the developers and instructed them to “correct the omission as a matter of urgency”.
The spokesman confirmed that if Wainhomes fails to act quickly enough, the next step is to issue them with a breach of condition notice and there are more severe sanctions that could be considered if this notice is ignored.
“It’s extraordinarily complacent,” said Cllr Bond. “This is the most incredible indifference to people’s lives when people are being flooded.
“It’s outrageous and is a blatant disregard for the conditions that have been placed on them.”
The district council spokesman added: “The homes should not have been occupied until this condition had been fulfilled. While the homes themselves may not be at risk, there is a very real danger that Wainhomes’ failure to do this work could make the village more vulnerable to flooding as a result of the absence of the attenuation tanks.
“This is a very serious omission and we will be watching the situation closely and expecting an early response from Wainhomes.”
Wainhomes had not responded to the Echo’s request for comment at the time of going to press.