LETTER TO THE CITIZEN ON TUESDAY, 29TH NOVEMBER, 2016.
HARD TO FIND MORE UNSUITABLE SITE
So much narrative has been written about the pluvial flooding problems in the fields around Twigworth, that everyone is aware of the risk.
It would be hard to find a more unsuitable place for development.
No amount of quick fix ‘sustainable drainage’ would cope on this flat clay-clogged land, which is adjacent to the river flood plain.
Despite claims of no flood risk, applicants, proposing these developments, don’t have to worry about the flood
alleviation – they sell on their planning permissions and have no liabilities.
The actual housing developers can rid themselves of the maintenance costs of supposedly sustainable drainage, and leave the councils with the ongoing expense.
Furthermore, mass housing at Twigworth would choke rural roads, and all the key junctions in Churchdown, Innsworth, Longlevens and Longford. If Twigworth were to be encircled with mass housing developments, the A38 traffic would proceed at a permanent crawling pace, and the Longford roundabout (already the second-most congested roundabout in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury) would become a greater bottleneck.
As you report on November 9th and 14th, councillors at Tewkesbury Borough Council have voted to remove the late entry of Twigworth in the Joint Core Strategy examination, so as to avoid the gross environmental risk of development in this part of the Severn Vale.
We thank our MP, Laurence Robertson, for backing the efforts to prevent development at Twigworth and for enlisting the support of former Prime Minister, David Cameron, when he visited the area to appreciate the flood risks.
We are grateful to theTewkesbury Borough Council members for demanding a more sustainable approach to the JCS, and retaining Twigworth within the green belt.
Dave Evans, chairman, Down Hatherley Parish Council,
Eirwyn Jenkins, chairman, Norton Parish Council,
Ken Watson, chairman, Twigworth Parish Council.