Sustainable building can reduce floods
MR GRIFFIN asks a very interesting question in his letter, "Why water blame game is a drain on the rate payer", on March 1, which I would like to address.
Managing the impact of new developments on local drainage systems is often difficult. Legislation favours developers, who have a "right to connect", and water companies are not statutory consultees in the planning process – something we believe should be changed.
Anglian Water does work closely with developers, planners and flood authorities to ensure new developments are subject to planning conditions.
These conditions are designed to stop inadequate or faulty drainage being built and impacting on our bill payers – something the mandatory build standards are looking to reinforce.
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Where possible, we work with developers and others to ensure new developments are built sustainably, and this often means we can reduce flood risk in surrounding areas as well.
Both managing flood risk and fixing leaks – points raised by Mr Griffin – are prominent questions in our consultation.
I do hope he has already taken part in the consultation to share his concerns, and would urge others to have their say too.
You can take part at www.discoverdiscussdecide.co.uk until March 24.
Growth and Planning Manager, Anglian Water
The Telegraph says:
People who complain about the water businesses that now exist should make every effort to take part in the consultation that is currently underway.