Plans to build on land which looks like a lake

Burniston residents have been left bewildered as a planning application has again been made on flooded land behind their properties.

Tuesday, 2nd February 2016, 7:56 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd February 2016, 8:59 am
Burniston Stone Quarry road resident Geoff Vause objects to the planning of property at the back of his house as it is continually flooded and would be unsuitable for the development . pic Richard Ponter 155016a

For nine months of the year the L-shaped plot of land is completely flooded and for the remaining months is boggy marsh land.

In the past, four accounts of development on the site have been refused and one was withdrawn before a final decision was made.

The land behind Limestone Road, in Burniston, was included in the local plan last year.

Now a planning application for “36 dwellings and associated infrastructure” has been submitted.

Concerned resident Jennie Vause said: “The application said their is a low risk of flooding but at the moment it’s a huge pool of water.

“I feel for people who may move in there because they would have serious problems.”

Following heavy rain over the winter, the water is believed to be 8ft deep.

Another worry for existing residents is that building on the land could cause their properties to subside if a development goes ahead..

The report for flooding and drainage of the application reads: “The Environment Agency Flood Outline Map identifies the area of the development to be located within an area designated as Flood Zone 1, Low Probability, with a less than 1 in 1000 annual probability of flooding in any year.”

Mrs Vause also pointed out contradictions in the application as to how the water will be drained.

Comments on the application must be in by Friday February 12 and can be made at on the planning application 15/01435/OL at