Council to launch investigation into flooding on Eastwood road

An investigation is being launched by Nottinghamshire County Council into flooding on a road in Eastwood.
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The council is the lead flood authority in the region and the investigation will centre on flooding on Garden Road.

The investigation is being held following severe flooding linked to preparations by Avant Homes to build 104 houses at the former Lynncroft Primary School.

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At 5am on Monday, September 18, water that had been building up, burst through flood measures on the site and flooded homes, damaged driveways and submerged the road.

The council is investigating a major flooding incident on Garden Road in Eastwood. Photo: GoogleThe council is investigating a major flooding incident on Garden Road in Eastwood. Photo: Google
The council is investigating a major flooding incident on Garden Road in Eastwood. Photo: Google

Planning permission for the houses has been refused by Broxtowe Council, but groundworks are in place on the site.

And Coun Kane Oliver (Ind), who represents Eastwood at County Hall, claims that the flooding is clear evidence that the development should not take place.

He said: “Nottinghamshire Council is looking into this and as the lead flood authority have a duty to take measures stop this happening again.

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“Flooding is a personal tragedy for everyone and if there wasn’t enough evidence to turn down the planning application at the former Lynncroft School, here is now.

"It is clear that this site is wholly unsuitable for a development of this size.

"The investigation will look at the causes of the flooding.

"I hope the developers will now withdraw their plan to build on this unsuitable land.

"That’ll be the one good thing to come out of this terrible flooding incident.”

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Coun Neil Clarke (Con), cabinet member for transport and environment, said: “As soon as we were made aware of the flooding on Garden Road we attended the site to begin our investigations and assist affected residents as well as notifying the local county councillor.

“Representatives from Avant Homes, which is managing a site behind the properties ready for development where the main flooding took place due to heavy rain, were also present and had already started work to remedy the issue, which occurred on their land, and put in place additional defences.

“Further prevention work was carried out by Avant Homes throughout Monday and they will continue to create additional channels and detention basins to enable excess water to be moved away from the properties.

“We will remain on standby throughout the week ready to respond to any further issues and will continue to work with partners, including on site, to assess any prevention work.

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“A large number of properties were affected, with four suffering from internal flooding, and we will continue with our investigations over the coming weeks to ascertain the full extent of those impacted.”