Tiverton and Honiton MP, Neil Parish, has written a firm letter to the managing director of Wainhomes SW in response to residents’ concerns about Wainhomes’ failure to install attenuation tanks on their site at Winchester Park in Feniton.
The site for 50 homes was won at appeal in 2012 against the wishes of local residents, the Parish Council and the Planning Committee (DMC) at East Devon District Council. The Planning Inspector placed a condition on Wainhomes to install the underground tanks before a single house was occupied. This they failed to do and I understand that the ‘redesign’ they say was required (and was the reason for the noncompliance) was so that the tanks could be reconfigured in order for the developer to be able to apply for a further 31 houses at the earliest possible opportunity.
In his letter, Neil Parish wrote:
The planning appeal decision stated clearly that the attenuation tanks to collect surface water from the site should be installed before any homes were occupied on your site. […] I would therefore ask that you rectify the situation in Feniton and ensure that these tanks are installed properly and they are ready to catch the surface rain water from your site, because the residents of Feniton should not be subjected to even more surface water run-off from your site that will worsen the situation of flooding at the lower end of the village.
The latest situation is that Wainhomes have installed temporary tanks and are in the process of constructing swales (ditches) around the site. The design of the temporary tanks has not yet been signed off by East Devon District Council and the Breach of Condition Notice issued by East Devon against this self-proclaimed ‘responsible developer’ is still in force.