Canvey Island is facing plans from developers that may have a direct impact on the value of their homes!
New large developments on Green Belt and Green Field’s are being proposed that intend to raise land levels in the region of 1 1/2 metres above neighbouring land levels so as to mitigate Flood Risk.
The effect this will have on existing property is two-fold. One, it may well increase flood risk to neighbouring properties and secondly will undoubtably have an negative effect on the neighbouring property prices.
Visitors will be unable to not notice new homes and business developments built on this raised land. Through this it will not take them long to realise that Canvey is liable to flood and in the circumstances it would be unwise to purchase properties at normal ground level. Consequently house prices could well fall.
This would actually cause the deprivation, that CPBC argue new development is required to prevent!
And yet currently our local Councils have no Policy in place to deal with the matter.
Instead it is left to the Developers to come to an agreement with the Environment Agency that Flood Risk issues will not be too badly affected.
Interesting how this can be achieved whilst absolutely nobody currently has any idea of the capability of Canvey’s drainage system to cope with a rain storm.
A breach of the sea defence would overwhelm the drainage system and these land raised areas would likely cause greater depths of flood than would previously be the case.
Why local representatives have not taken a lead on this is questionable. It could be argued that we must have confidence in the Environment Agency, however they only consider the actual proposal and any affect on land directly adjacent. They also expect our local authority to give the ultimate decision on any development proposal’s suitability.
The fact that existing property prices would likely be affected by a land raised development, would not be considered a Planning Matter.
Why are Alarm Bells not Ringing ?
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