MP tackles flooding from Bideford development

Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon.

Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon. - Credit: Archant

MP Geoffrey Cox is hoping to raise the issue in the House of Commons after ‘disappointing’ response from College Park development.

A flooding problem in Bideford is being taken to Westminster after a ‘disappointing’ response from developers.

MP Geoffrey Cox has been contacted by residents of Acacia Close who claim a drainage pond on the College Park development off Abbotsham Road keeps flooding their gardens, which are directly behind it.

Mr Cox said he is looking to raise the matter in the House of Commons after developers Bloor Homes and Redrow ‘feel there is no issue’.

He said: “I have been involved with this situation for some time now, applying pressure to the developers to urge them to resolve this issue, which despite their assurances seems to have clearly arisen from the drainage works that they have undertaken on the development site.

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“I am also in regular contact with the councils involved and continue to liaise with them to try and reach a positive conclusion for those affected.

“Despite receiving very disappointing responses from both Bloor and Redrow, I will continue to fight on behalf of my constituents to reach a positive outcome, and have therefore made one final appeal to both developers to adopt a more positive approach.

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“While this is of course a matter that must be resolved by the local authorities using their statutory powers, I will be looking for the opportunity to raise this matter with Ministers and in the House of Commons.”

Reuben Cooke, technical manager for Redrow Homes, said they were monitoring the water level and despite heavy rainfall, the basin level remained stable.

He added: “However, alongside Bloor Homes and the local council we will still be instigating tests with the environmental protection officer to investigate the source of the garden flooding experienced by residents of Acacia Close.”

A spokesman for Bloor said: “The design of the drainage system was approved as part of the planning process and the local authority has also since researched the matter.

“To date it has not been able to establish a link between the flooding of these properties and the operation of the basin.

“We are in regular contact with residents and the local authority and are striving to alleviate their concerns.”

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