chris.ph wrote:the wildlife and fauna will only put it on hold for a couple of years(been there with orchids), look into infrastructure chili, a company i worked for had an estate of houses rejected because the main drains werent big enough to cope with the extra effluent. get a group together and get a survryor to check the watermains, gas mains, foul drainage, storm drainage, water table anything you can think of. i know you mentioned it before but this is the only way to actually stop an estate cold
We have no mains drainage here. Everything uses septic tanks or private sewerage systems. Trouble is that we are on heavy clay and the chalk underneath is often many metres down. So after during the winter, the soil get completely waterlogged.
The house next door to us was bought by a developer. Its only a 3 bed semi, but he got permission to build a 3 bed detached house on the garden. Now half our garden is under up to 3 inches of water all winter because there is not sufficient land drainage due to the heavy clay. We sent photos to the planning dept saying 'told you this would happen - next time listen to people who know the area/land'. The reply was that surface drainage is not a planning consideration, but a building regs issue!
Times that by possibly 100 and I hate to think what problems there will be.
Because of the soil and lack of mains drainage, the unwritten rule in the area used to be 4 houses per acre (10/hectare). Now they cram in 28 per hectare to meet government targets.
In addition, we live on top of the highest hill in Hampshire. All the water for the houses is pumped to a water tower to try and provide some water pressure. However, in recent years there has been so much development that the water pressure in the summer is non existent. it can take a few minutes to just fill a small bucket.
We have used drainage and water issues in previous objections to other developments, only to be told they are not a planning issue and it is up to the developers to ensure sufficient drainage and services
The roads are falling apart with the increase in traffic, but again, nothing stops the developers. They did pay to put in a section of footpath along one route to the shops, as there were more kids walking on the country roads, but other than that the roads are just bits of tarmac joining potholes together.
If I didn't know that all council members are fine upstanding members of the community I might think someone was on the take!