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HINDLIP, MARTIN HUSSINGTREE & SALWARPE PARISH COUNCIL
PO Box 6986, Kidderminster, DY11 9FB
PLANNING CONSULTATION – PARISH COUNCIL RESPONSE
Application No:
Location:
Proposal:
Parish Council Response:
Date:
Case Officer:
W/15/01837/RM
Land between Roman Way & Copcut Lane,
Salwarpe. COPCUT RISE
MULTI PARISH/MULTI WARD.
Approval of Earthworks and associated
Landscaping.
GENERAL OBSERVATIONS
28th August 2015
Emma Worley
COMMENTS:
The Parish Council express concern that conditions set out that no works be carried out until
details of works and landscaping be approved. This application is retrospective in that:
1. Earthworks
1.1.
Significant earthworks are well advanced with no protection measures incorporated
to mitigate the impact of the excavations particularly on the Southwest section
of the site.
1.2.
Large bunds of excavated earth have been positioned adjacent an existing pond,
wetland area and around the gated access adjacent to the Copcut Lane Railway
Bridge resulting in blockage of the existing surface water run-off channels and
creating localised flooding onto Copcut Lane.
1.3.
A Ground Investigation report undertaken concluded that soil conditions on the site
are not suitable for surface water infiltration.
1.4.
The Master Plan and Development parameters indicated that the existing
topography would be utilised to create gravitational drainage, along with a new
attenuation basin on the Western edge, to reduce the rate of surface water
run-off.
2. Landscaping
2.1.
The retention and strengthening of existing vegetation along the Western boundary
would utilise the existing landscape features to provide a Green Buffer zone and
hedgerow corridor.
2.2.
Excavation work appears to have destroyed much of the existing natural hedgerow
on the Southwest outer boundary.
2.3.
The site is heavily influenced by its topography with significant slopes between 75m
to 45m AOD. A sustainable urban drainage system is required to be incorporated
into the Landscaping layout within the broader Green infrastructure scheme.
CONCLUSION
(i)
The Local Planning Authority has a duty to ensure that on approving the Earthworks
and associated Landscaping, all the works are carried out to a design which prevents
the risk of flooding onto surrounding roads, neighbouring land and the adjacent
Network Rail embankment and track.
(ii)
Particular concern is expressed for the protection of the railway corridor where the
line emerges from a cutting with steep embankments which feature existing mature
vegetation.
(iii)
The Parish Council concurs with the County Landscape Advisors grave concerns
regarding the significant changes in landform to create levels and grading. (Letter
dated 14th August)
Elizabeth Gallagher
Clerk to the Parish Council
e: [email protected]
Tel: 01562 700479
28th August 2015
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