Cheshire Wildlife Trust speaks out in favour of Dane Valley development

A CONSERVATIONIST has contacted the Guardian in the light of planning approval for houses and a nature park in Leftwich.

The controversial plans for Dane Valley were formally supported by Cheshire Wildlife Trust, which will manage the park, at the planning meeting.

Martin Varley, director of conservation for the trust, has spoken out to reassure residents that the plans, by Ainscough Strategic Land, will not cause harm to the environment or put residents or visitors at risk.

He said the trust was working with Ainscough to design a habitat scheme that would result in a ‘significant gain for nature’ and emphasised that houses would only be built on a quarter of the site with the rest managed as wildlife habitat.

“The developed area sits within Flood Zone 1 – considered the lowest risk by the Environment Agency (the statutory planning agency for flood risk and management in England),” he said.

“The remaining areas within Flood Zones 2 and 3 will not be developed.

“In addition, the new habitats will attenuate floodwaters, by slowing down the flow of water through vegetation.

“Cheshire Wildlife Trust already manages large areas of floodplain grazing marsh across Cheshire.

“This area in the Dane Valley would be restored as an area of floodplain grazing marsh, meadows and amenity areas.

“ Flooding will inevitably occur periodically on floodplains and this site will be no different.

“People do not access the area currently when it floods and any events or activities led by the trust would not be held during times of flood nor access encouraged on these occasions.”

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9:40pm Tue 10 Dec 13

batinesa says...

This is a fascinating article by the Director of Conservation for the Cheshire Wildlife Trust who are publicly supporting the housing development in the Dane Valley. Clearly he has been looking at a completely different plan for this development than was submitted to CWAC. If he would care to access the Masterplan on the CWAC website, he would discover that half of the development is actually in flood zone 2 which is somewhat contrary to his assertion that the entire developed area will be in flood zone 1. By their own admission “flooding will inevitably occur” so perhaps they would like to reconsider their stance based on the fact that houses will be built in flood zone 2.
This is a fascinating article by the Director of Conservation for the Cheshire Wildlife Trust who are publicly supporting the housing development in the Dane Valley. Clearly he has been looking at a completely different plan for this development than was submitted to CWAC. If he would care to access the Masterplan on the CWAC website, he would discover that half of the development is actually in flood zone 2 which is somewhat contrary to his assertion that the entire developed area will be in flood zone 1. By their own admission “flooding will inevitably occur” so perhaps they would like to reconsider their stance based on the fact that houses will be built in flood zone 2. batinesa
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10:39pm Tue 17 Dec 13

John0901 says...

Martin Varley comment above is in error and misleading. The housing development plan indicates approximately 50% of the total of 240 houses in the Dane Valley in flood zone 1 (low risk) and the other 50% in flood zone 2 (medium risk). The "country park", numerous roads including Hollands Road access and visitor centre/car park are in flood zone 3 (high risk).

Look at the plans and the vast number of objections on the CWAC planning website, reference 13/03676/OUT, documents section.

Local residents photographs submitted to EA, Guardian, CWAC indicate significant flooding in zones 2 and 3 as the River Dane bursts its banks. There are around 120 houses approved to be built in the zone 2 area.
Martin Varley comment above is in error and misleading. The housing development plan indicates approximately 50% of the total of 240 houses in the Dane Valley in flood zone 1 (low risk) and the other 50% in flood zone 2 (medium risk). The "country park", numerous roads including Hollands Road access and visitor centre/car park are in flood zone 3 (high risk). Look at the plans and the vast number of objections on the CWAC planning website, reference 13/03676/OUT, documents section. Local residents photographs submitted to EA, Guardian, CWAC indicate significant flooding in zones 2 and 3 as the River Dane bursts its banks. There are around 120 houses approved to be built in the zone 2 area. John0901
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