Call for build­ing work to stop be­cause of flood­ing

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Hazel Stead of Moor­lands, Sc­holes, with the ground­works site for new homes be­hind her prop­erty which has caused flood­ing in her gar­den and the chil­dren’s play area be­hind her home. Right, work on the site should be halted un­til the flood­ing is­sue af­fect­ing prop­er­ties on nearby Moor­lands had been re­solved.

Hazel Stead, who lives in the bot­tom of the cul de sac on Moor­lands, said a lake had formed be­hind her house while an ad­ja­cent chil­dren’s play area was also under wa­ter.

Work­men from Miller Homes car­ry­ing out ground­work on the site have dug holes in a bid to drain the wa­ter and have built a bank­ing in an ef­fort to pre­vent the flood­wa­ter spread­ing. But res­i­dents say the flood­wa­ter is con­tin­u­ing to rise.

Clr Firth said: “I have had prom­ises from Kirklees to send en­force­ment of­fi­cers out there, but no one has been – and there’s now a reser­voir at the back of Hazel’s prop­erty.

“If the bank­ing that the builders have put up over­flows there are go­ing to be a lot of houses flooded out. We need to put a stop no­tice on this job un­til they de­cide where the wa­ter is go­ing to go. It is not soak­ing away.”

Clr Firth said lo­cals had warned coun­cil of­fi­cers be­fore plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted last Septem­ber that there were a lot of springs on the land. “There’s only about a foot of top soil be­fore you hit bedrock,” he said. “The soil is clay, which is not por­ous, so it’s no good putting in a soak­away.”

Mrs Stead, 68, a re­tired tex­tile worker, said the flood­wa­ter had reached the back of the garage next to her house, say­ing: “The work­men have dug holes to take the wa­ter away, but it is not work­ing. It is flood­ing the back of my garage and onto the play area.

“I have rung Miller Homes up and no-one has come back to me. I have heard noth­ing – it’s ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing.

“The fence at the back of my house is 3ft 3in and the bank­ing is higher than that,” she A re­served seat on No.1 Court at Wim­ble­don for the fi­nals of the Ju­nior and Se­nior events Visit to Wind­sor with the op­por­tu­nity to visit Wind­sor Cas­tle Two night’s bed and con­ti­nen­tal break­fast ac­com­mo­da­tion at a three-star ho­tel in the Greater Lon­don area $PBDI USBWFM GSPN UIF MPDBMÞBSFB &TDPSUFE CZ B GSJFOEMZ UPVSÞNBOBHFS These hol­i­days are or­gan­ised & op­er­ated by New­mar­ket Hol­i­days Ltd. ABTA V7812. Sub­ject to avail­abil­ity. Sin­gle sup­ple­ments ap­ply. Stan­dard phone charges. said. “It is still fill­ing up. If that is what it’s like now, what will it be like when they come to build houses on it?”

Kirklees plan­ning com­mit­tee gave Miller Homes the green light to de­velop the site on the rec­om­men­da­tion of plan­ning of­fi­cers – de­spite strong ob­jec­tions from lo­cal res­i­dents and lo­cal coun­cil­lors.

A Kirklees Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “Plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment on the land with sev­eral con­di­tions re­quir­ing drainage de­tails to be agreed.

“The coun­cil are aware of soil strip and ex­ca­va­tions for drainage trail holes that are re­quired to sat­isfy con­di­tions.

“The re­cent weather has re­sulted in sig­nif­i­cant amounts of wa­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing on the site which has ham­pered progress with drainage tests.

“In these cir­cum­stances the coun­cil con­tinue to li­aise with the de­vel­op­ers and have ad­vised not to com­mence con­struc­tion of any dwelling un­til drainage mat­ters are re­solved.

“The coun­cil are mon­i­tor­ing the progress of sur­face wa­ter man­age­ment on the site and if the de­vel­op­ers com­mence works on the houses with­out suit­able drainage mea­sures in place the coun­cil will con­sider for­mal en­force­ment op­tions.”

Miller Homes was asked to com­ment but did not re­spond.

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