At Thursday’s meeting of South Cambridgeshire District Council (see Agenda and Minutes here), following a large number of questions submitted by residents of Cambourne regarding flooding, we’re very pleased to report that a resolution was passed as follows:
Decision:It was RESOLVED that this Council will, when considering future planning applications for residential development at Cambourne, be mindful of the potential for flood risk being increased in the event that the cause of flooding at the Lower Cambourne Terminal Pumping Station has not been fully addressed.
Council further RESOLVED to instruct officers to liaise with the Environment Agency so that senior Directors of the relevant Developer companies and Anglian Water are put on formal notice of the powers of the Environment Agency to take criminal proceedings under section 85 of the Water Resources Act 1991. In the interim, Council instructs officers to collect evidence so that, in the event of any repeat incidents, alternative proceedings can be collected under any of the following enactments – s.79 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, s.59 of the Building Act 1984, s.17 of the Public Health Act 1961. Officers are also asked to consider other areas in the District with similar problems.
Date of Decision: 22/04/2010
This ought to help to bring pressure to get this problem solved sooner rather than later, which is obviously good news.