East Devon District Council has issued another very robust response to Wainhomes in the light of their statement to the press (https://susiebond.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/wainhomes-statement/).
EDDC’s statement speaks for itself:
We are concerned by the Wainhomes’ media statement on a number of counts, but primarily with their assertion that ‘a large part of the attenuation scheme has been installed’.
It appears that at best only four small attenuation tanks are in place, giving an estimated capacity of just 13% of the agreed capacity. No homes should have been occupied until 100% of this capacity had been provided. Yet several homes have already been occupied.
A revised drainage scheme has now been received from Wainhomes, together with a letter identifying that the redesign has arisen to accommodate additional houses – although as yet no new planning application has been submitted for these.
Although Wainhomes state that their revised drainage plan has been approved by South West Water, the important approval has to come from EDDC – and we have not approved it.
Currently the revised drainage plan and the latest letter do nothing to change the Breach of Condition Notice served on 13 October. This continues to run and Wainhomes will face the consequences of continued non-compliance if they fail to complete the original drainage scheme before the six-week deadline expires.
In the meantime, EDDC will now be consulting a number of bodies about the new drainage scheme proposal. This consultation will be carried out as quickly as possible so that we can know the outcome before the six-week deadline for installing the agreed drainage scheme expires.
Despite Wainhomes’ statement claiming that “additional temporary [drainage] measures have been agreed”, these have not been agreed by us.
Read the full story here (http://new.eastdevon.gov.uk/news/2014/10/council-puts-pressure-on-developer-to-install-vital-flood-relief-tanks/) or the many posts on the subject on my blog.
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The One Show programme filmed in the village this week is currently likely to be shown on Monday 20 October. However, as it is a programme whose schedules change depending on the news stories of the day, it may be postponed.