Two water industry professionals who live in the NE Tamworth area have written to Lichfield District Council listing detailed technical objections to the Arkall Development. One of them (a Member of the Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental Management) who would be directly affected by the flood risks that the proposed development poses, identifies “serious shortcomings” in the flood risk assessment, including:
- use of out-of-date data
- insufficient surface water storage
- failure to consider the effects of already approved developments at Browns Lane
- no consideration of extreme weather events beyond 30yrs
You can read her full report (in full colour print quality, unlike the copy on the LDCC website) here: Waterygate objection letter 160316
The other, a hydrogeologist with over 22 years professional experience, identifies contradictions, use of estimated data which “should not be used for design puposes” and several other problems, concluding that the FRA “has not demonstrated a full understanding of the drainage and current flooding issues”. His full post (with detailed plans) can be read here: Comments on Arkall Farm housing development FRA
Given the increasingly unpredictable weather and rainfall patterns being experienced in the UK (and worldwide), this should be a genuine cause for concern for local residents, and both Lichfield District and Tamworth Borough Councils as they will end up picking up the bill.
As with the traffic capacity issues, the developer appears to be displaying only short-term commercial interests and is not doing a good job of considering the true longer-term impacts which would persist long after they have taken their money and moved on.