The Selly Park North Flood Scheme has been approved at Planning Committee, 13 October 2016.
The committee revisited the planning application this week after members expressed reservations about the associated student accommodation. Since then members were given further information from the Environment Agency, Calthorpe Estates and Severn Trent in response to questions raised at the first meeting. Members approved the application as their concerns were addressed by the further reports.
Local residents have told Steve McCabe MP that they still have reservations about the scheme, particularly about the additional water on the flood plain as a result of the ‘grey water’ generated by the plumbing demands of the Calthorpe development. Residents want further reassurances that the flood scheme will actually protect them, the plumbing arrangements, including water storage is largely the responsibility of Severn Trent.
Steve has said that there needs to be appropriate consultation with Calthorpe Estates, the Council, local residents, the Environment Agency and Severn Trent on the crucial design element of this part of the project. Steve will be holding a meeting with these agencies and local residents in early November so that any further unanswered questions can be addressed.
Steve McCabe MP said:
“I’m pleased that efforts have been made to answer questions that have been raised by local residents affected by the recent floods before a final decision was made on the hybrid planning application. I still plan to hold a meeting for local people as I recognise that for many residents there are concerns about the additional grey water. Severn Trent need to address these concerns about the additional grey water, I think it is important after all they’ve been through that residents are reassured that this scheme will work.”