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Re: Housing, planning, and development in North Mymms
« Reply #1410 on: August 10, 2016, 07:36:10 pm »
Somehow it was inevitable that Welwyn & Hatfield Planning Department would put forward the worst possible option for additional housing around Brookmans Park, i.e. the development of land to the west of the railway station.
It's the site with the greatest environmental value; development will cause flooding as built-over areas can't absorb rainwater at the same rate as vegetated land; the access routes can be impassable even now at rush hour with narrow bridges at the west end of Bradmore Lane and by the railway station; Bradmore Lane and Warrengate Road can only cope with moderate volumes of traffic - they are so narrow; and the schools can't cope with the children expected from 250 additional homes.
The required housing density suggests that the houses will be packed together like sardines, and the new estate will probably resemble the new estates in West Hatfield. Even if you don't care about the environment, you might care about the negative effect on the value of your house!
I do wonder if anyone from the Planning Dept has bothered to visit the area. The so-called "consultation" process was merely a box-ticking exercise, so that the council can claim they've taken account of local views.

 

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Re: Housing, planning, and development in North Mymms
« Reply #1411 on: August 10, 2016, 09:15:11 pm »
Somehow it was inevitable that Welwyn & Hatfield Planning Department would put forward the worst possible option for additional housing around Brookmans Park, i.e. the development of land to the west of the railway station.


Elsewhere (WH Times) there's speculation that it has been included as a gamble: that it will be thrown out in favour of site(s) in other settlements.
 

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« Reply #1412 on: August 21, 2016, 08:07:54 am »
LOCAL PLAN

Here are the meetings which the Council have arranged for residents.We encourage you to attend the most conveninet meeting to ensure you understand the scale of the proposed building of new homes in our area.

Consultation on the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Draft Local Plan
Proposed Submission - August 2016
From Tuesday 30th August, the Council will be inviting representations on its Draft Local Plan Proposed Submission document, which sets out the long-term planning strategy for the borough until 2032 together with site allocations and development management policies.Consultation will take place over an eight week period, commencing on Tuesday 30th August and ending at 5pm on Monday 24th October 2016.

The Draft Local Plan and Policies Map; the Sustainability Appraisal, the Habitats Regulations Assessment Report and the Draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan, together with a summary guide to the Draft Local Plan and guidance notes for making a representation, the Statement of Consultation and the Statement of Representations Procedure can be viewed at http://www.welhat.gov.uk/localplan from the 30th August 2016 when the consultation event commences.

Paper copies of the Draft Local Plan, the Policies Map and other documents will also be available to view at a number of inspections points throughout the local area, details of which are enclosed.

A series of drop-in events will be held across the borough during the consultation period where you will be able to speak directly to Council officers. These will take place at the following venues at the times stated below:
  • Green Lanes Primary School, Green Lanes, Hatfield, AL10 9JY - Wednesday 31st August 2016, 3.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Brookmans Park United Reformed Church, Oaklands Avenue, Brookmans Park, Hatfield, AL9 7UJ - Tuesday 6th September, 3.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Welwyn Civic Centre, Prospect Place, Welwyn, AL6 9ER - Wednesday 14th September, 3.30pm to 7.30pm
  • The Fairway Tavern, Old Herns Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 2ED - Thursday 22nd September, 3.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Cuffley Hall, Maynards Place, Cuffley, EN6 4JA - Friday 30th September, 3.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Birchwood Leisure Centre, Longmead, Hatfield, AL10 0AN - Wednesday 5th October, 3.30pm to 7.30pm
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Re: Housing, planning, and development in North Mymms
« Reply #1413 on: August 21, 2016, 08:48:28 am »
LOCAL PLAN: Latest News
Final Consultation on Draft Local Plan Proposed Submission
& North Mymms District Green Belt Society Public Meetings

We attended the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Cabinet meeting on 02 August 2016 where as expected the recommendations from the Cabinet Housing Planning Panel on 20 July were ratified.
 
WHERE ARE THE RECOMMENDED BUILDING SITES IN NORTH MYMMS?
Please note that just to confuse things the Council have now changed the site identities. Below are listed both old and new prefixes.

WELHAM GREEN:
 WeG4b/SDS7 Marshmoor – 80 dwellings and 40,500m2 of employment land
 GTLAA01/HS35 Foxes Lane - 12 pitches
 Hat11/HS11 Land at Southway (next to New Barnfield) – 120 dwellings
 
 BROOKMANS PARK:
 BrP4/HS22 Land west of Brookmans Park - 250 dwellings
 BrP13/HS21 West of Golf Club Road - 14 dwellings
 BRP14/HS23 East of Golf Club Road – 10 dwellings
 
 LITTLE HEATH:
 BrP7/HS24 Hawkshead Road (on a reduced site area) - 100 dwellings
 LHe1/HS25 Land north of Hawkshead Road – 35 dwellings


HOWEVER:
All the Welham Green sites are considered suitable but have not been put forward because of limited Primary School capacity and because an alternative site has not been identified to deliver an expanded school.
It was stated at the Cabinet meeting on 02 August that two Welham Green site promoters are currently working together and are in discussion with the Council to address this issue. It is possible that following the forthcoming Public Consultation the Council could decide to make changes and additions and re-consult before submitting the Plan to an Inspector for Public Examination.
Similarly in Brookmans Park development has been capped to approximately 250 dwellings because of limited capacity to expand the Primary School. Once again the site promoters of sites that are considered suitable are seeking to resolve this issue with the Council.
We will be monitoring this situation and will keep you informed.

 WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

The Council will be undertaking a FINAL Public Consultation over an eight week period commencing on Tuesday 30 August and ending at 5pm on Monday 24 October 2016.
They will be holding only one drop-in consultation event in North Mymms which will be held at:
Brookmans Park United Reformed Church, Oaklands Avenue, Brookmans Park, AL9 7UJ on Tuesday 06 September between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.
This consultation differs from previous consultations as legally, at this stage, you may only make representations on whether the Local Plan has been prepared in accordance with legal requirements and whether it is “sound”. The Inspector will look at whether the Council has met the legal requirements for the preparation of the Plan and whether it meets what are known as the “tests of soundness”, as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). 

HOW DO I RESPOND?
You can respond online, by post or email but you should complete a response form so that any representation you make can be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate with the necessary information. If you do not use a form you will run the risk that your response cannot be forwarded to the Inspector as it will not meet the Planning Inspectorate's requirements for the examination of the Plan. 
You will need to identify what part of the Local Plan you are commenting upon and use a separate form for each representation you wish to make. The Inspector will need to know whether you support or object to the plan and, if you object, what is the basis for your concern. You may find it helpful to refer to the guidance notes for making a representation available on the online consultation portal from 30 August 2016.
The online consultation portal can be accessed at http://www.welhat.gov.uk/localplan
If you prefer to submit written representations by e-mail or post, please use the representation form which will be available during the consultation period at the inspection points (the nearest one is North Mymms Parish Council: The Council Offices, Annexe to No.1 Bungalow, Bushwood Close, Welham Green, Hertfordshire, AL9 7YZ Tel: 01707 268418) or online or by contacting the Planning Policy Team at Welwyn Hatfield Council Tel 01707 357000
Representations must be submitted to the Council by 5pm on Monday 24th October 2016 either: 
• online via the consultation portal: http://www.welhat.gov.uk/localplan
• by e-mail to: localplan@welhat.gov.uk
• by post to: Planning Policy, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6AE
Representations will be sent to the Planning Inspector and will be made public. It is the Planning Inspector, not the Council, who will consider your representations at this stage. A guidance note will be available to help you to complete the response form. Responses must be made on the form, either through the Council’s online portal; or by emailing or posting the form to Planning Policy at the above address.
 
THIS LOOKS REALLY COMPLICATED!
We will be holding two Public Meetings to update and advise you. The meetings will be led by Planning Consultant Jed Griffiths MA Dip TP FRTPI and we are hoping our local MP, Ward and Parish Councillors will be in attendance.
 
 
NORTH MYMMS DISTRICT GREEN BELT SOCIETY PUBLIC MEETINGS:

WELHAM GREEN
North Mymms Youth and Community Centre
Station Road
MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2016 at 8pm.

BROOKMANS PARK
United Reformed Church
Bluebridge Road
WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 at 8pm.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!!
 

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Re: Housing, planning, and development in North Mymms
« Reply #1414 on: August 21, 2016, 08:52:20 am »
LOCAL PLAN: Latest News
Final Consultation on Draft Local Plan Proposed Submission
& North Mymms District Green Belt Society Public Meetings

We attended the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council Cabinet meeting on 02 August 2016 where as expected the recommendations from the Cabinet Housing Planning Panel on 20 July were ratified.
 
WHERE ARE THE RECOMMENDED BUILDING SITES IN NORTH MYMMS?
Please note that just to confuse things the Council have now changed the site identities. Below are listed both old and new prefixes.

WELHAM GREEN:
 WeG4b/SDS7 Marshmoor – 80 dwellings and 40,500m2 of employment land
 GTLAA01/HS35 Foxes Lane - 12 pitches
 Hat11/HS11 Land at Southway (next to New Barnfield) – 120 dwellings
 
 BROOKMANS PARK:
 BrP4/HS22 Land west of Brookmans Park - 250 dwellings
 BrP13/HS21 West of Golf Club Road - 14 dwellings
 BRP14/HS23 East of Golf Club Road – 10 dwellings
 
 LITTLE HEATH:
 BrP7/HS24 Hawkshead Road (on a reduced site area) - 100 dwellings
 LHe1/HS25 Land north of Hawkshead Road – 35 dwellings


HOWEVER:
All the Welham Green sites are considered suitable but have not been put forward because of limited Primary School capacity and because an alternative site has not been identified to deliver an expanded school.
It was stated at the Cabinet meeting on 02 August that two Welham Green site promoters are currently working together and are in discussion with the Council to address this issue. It is possible that following the forthcoming Public Consultation the Council could decide to make changes and additions and re-consult before submitting the Plan to an Inspector for Public Examination.
Similarly in Brookmans Park development has been capped to approximately 250 dwellings because of limited capacity to expand the Primary School. Once again the site promoters of sites that are considered suitable are seeking to resolve this issue with the Council.
We will be monitoring this situation and will keep you informed.

 WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

The Council will be undertaking a FINAL Public Consultation over an eight week period commencing on Tuesday 30 August and ending at 5pm on Monday 24 October 2016.
They will be holding only one drop-in consultation event in North Mymms which will be held at:
Brookmans Park United Reformed Church, Oaklands Avenue, Brookmans Park, AL9 7UJ on Tuesday 06 September between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.
This consultation differs from previous consultations as legally, at this stage, you may only make representations on whether the Local Plan has been prepared in accordance with legal requirements and whether it is “sound”. The Inspector will look at whether the Council has met the legal requirements for the preparation of the Plan and whether it meets what are known as the “tests of soundness”, as set out in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). 

HOW DO I RESPOND?
You can respond online, by post or email but you should complete a response form so that any representation you make can be forwarded to the Planning Inspectorate with the necessary information. If you do not use a form you will run the risk that your response cannot be forwarded to the Inspector as it will not meet the Planning Inspectorate's requirements for the examination of the Plan. 
You will need to identify what part of the Local Plan you are commenting upon and use a separate form for each representation you wish to make. The Inspector will need to know whether you support or object to the plan and, if you object, what is the basis for your concern. You may find it helpful to refer to the guidance notes for making a representation available on the online consultation portal from 30 August 2016.
The online consultation portal can be accessed at http://www.welhat.gov.uk/localplan
If you prefer to submit written representations by e-mail or post, please use the representation form which will be available during the consultation period at the inspection points (the nearest one is North Mymms Parish Council: The Council Offices, Annexe to No.1 Bungalow, Bushwood Close, Welham Green, Hertfordshire, AL9 7YZ Tel: 01707 268418) or online or by contacting the Planning Policy Team at Welwyn Hatfield Council Tel 01707 357000
Representations must be submitted to the Council by 5pm on Monday 24th October 2016 either: 
• online via the consultation portal: http://www.welhat.gov.uk/localplan
• by e-mail to: localplan@welhat.gov.uk
• by post to: Planning Policy, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6AE
Representations will be sent to the Planning Inspector and will be made public. It is the Planning Inspector, not the Council, who will consider your representations at this stage. A guidance note will be available to help you to complete the response form. Responses must be made on the form, either through the Council’s online portal; or by emailing or posting the form to Planning Policy at the above address.
 
THIS LOOKS REALLY COMPLICATED!
We will be holding two Public Meetings to update and advise you. The meetings will be led by Planning Consultant Jed Griffiths MA Dip TP FRTPI and we are hoping our local MP, Ward and Parish Councillors will be in attendance.
 
 
NORTH MYMMS DISTRICT GREEN BELT SOCIETY PUBLIC MEETINGS:

WELHAM GREEN
North Mymms Youth and Community Centre
Station Road
MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2016 at 8pm.

BROOKMANS PARK
United Reformed Church
Bluebridge Road
WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 at 8pm.
 
We look forward to seeing you there!!
 
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« Reply #1415 on: August 25, 2016, 07:05:22 am »
Here is the latest article  on this weeks WH Times

<a href="http://pages.cdn.pagesuite.com/6/7/67058a33-a1be-4ccd-b953-58324133a856/page.pdf" target="_blank">http://pages.cdn.pagesuite.com/6/7/67058a33-a1be-4ccd-b953-58324133a856/page.pdf</a>
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« Reply #1416 on: August 31, 2016, 05:59:10 am »
Welwyn Hatfield Council website has all the latest information on the Local Plan including guidance notes for residents (embedded in a pdf below). Please take a look before going to the meetings so you are well informed. More details to follow.

<a href="http://www.welhat.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=11448&amp;p=0" target="_blank">http://www.welhat.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=11448&amp;p=0</a>

Noted: Edited to add link to Local Plan and embed the document mentioned.


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« Reply #1417 on: September 01, 2016, 09:54:09 am »
The Brookmans Park Newsletter has been supporting the village and our local community since 1998 by providing free, interactive tools for all to use.
 
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« Reply #1418 on: September 01, 2016, 09:54:23 am »
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« Reply #1419 on: September 05, 2016, 05:35:12 am »

Just to remind you all that the Council will be holding their local  meeting on the Local Plan tomorrow at


The United Reform Church
Brookmans Park


between 3.30 and 7.30


You can see and discuss the plan with the Council representatives present
 

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« Reply #1420 on: September 06, 2016, 01:22:45 pm »
If you are concerned or want to find out more about any of these proposed development sites:


WELHAM GREEN:
 WeG4b/SDS7 Marshmoor – 80 dwellings and 40,500m2 of employment land
 GTLAA01/HS35 Foxes Lane - 12 pitches
 Hat11/HS11 Land at Southway (next to New Barnfield) – 120 dwellings
 
 BROOKMANS PARK:
 BrP4/HS22 Land west of Brookmans Park - 250 dwellings
 BrP13/HS21 West of Golf Club Road - 14 dwellings
 BRP14/HS23 East of Golf Club Road – 10 dwellings
 
 LITTLE HEATH:
 BrP7/HS24 Hawkshead Road (on a reduced site area) - 100 dwellings
 LHe1/HS25 Land north of Hawkshead Road – 35 dwellings


The Council is holding a public exhibition/drop-in event at:
Brookmans Park United Reformed Church, Oaklands Avenue, Brookmans Park, AL9 7UJ TODAY between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.
 

 

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« Reply #1421 on: September 06, 2016, 01:24:36 pm »
If you are concerned or want to find out more about any of these proposed development sites:


WELHAM GREEN:
WeG4b/SDS7 Marshmoor – 80 dwellings and 40,500m2 of employment land
GTLAA01/HS35 Foxes Lane - 12 pitches
Hat11/HS11 Land at Southway (next to New Barnfield) – 120 dwellings

BROOKMANS PARK:
BrP4/HS22 Land west of Brookmans Park - 250 dwellings
BrP13/HS21 West of Golf Club Road - 14 dwellings
BRP14/HS23 East of Golf Club Road – 10 dwellings

LITTLE HEATH:
BrP7/HS24 Hawkshead Road (on a reduced site area) - 100 dwellings
LHe1/HS25 Land north of Hawkshead Road – 35 dwellings


The Council is holding a public exhibition/drop-in event at:
Brookmans Park United Reformed Church, Oaklands Avenue, Brookmans Park, AL9 7UJ TODAY between 3.30pm and 7.30pm.
 

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« Reply #1422 on: September 06, 2016, 04:50:04 pm »
Still time to check out the draft Local Plan proposed submission. The drop-in consultation at Brookmans Park URC is open until 7.30pm.











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« Reply #1423 on: September 06, 2016, 05:02:23 pm »
The Brookmans Park Newsletter has been supporting the village and our local community since 1998 by providing free, interactive tools for all to use.
 
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« Reply #1424 on: September 07, 2016, 01:34:26 pm »
Save Water End !

http://bit.ly/2cqAD76

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« Reply #1425 on: September 07, 2016, 11:03:59 pm »
How do I open this page.  Thanks.
 

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« Reply #1426 on: September 07, 2016, 11:27:20 pm »
Peppermint, if you click on the link it opens as a PDF document.
You will need Adobe Reader to open it.
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« Reply #1427 on: September 08, 2016, 06:35:48 am »
How do I open this page.  Thanks.

Peppermint, if you click on the link it opens as a PDF document.
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Thanks for the feedback Peppermint and Angel. I think it's probably best in the future to offer both an embed and a separate link to satisfy all use cases. I've edited the post to add a link as well as the embed. David
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« Reply #1428 on: September 09, 2016, 05:45:48 pm »
We have produced a detailed map of the North Mymms sites in the Draft Local Plan to help you identify the locations and numbers of dwellings. The map is on our website, where you can find more information about the work of the North Mymms District Green Belt Society. To go directly to the map you can click this link, click the smaller image below, or use the embedded full-size embedded PDF below that.



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« Reply #1429 on: September 09, 2016, 05:47:26 pm »
We have produced a detailed map of the North Mymms sites in the Draft Local Plan to help you identify the locations and numbers of dwellings. The map is on our website, where you can find more information about the work of the North Mymms District Green Belt Society. To go directly to the map you can click this link, click the smaller image below, or use the embedded full-size embedded PDF below that.



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« Reply #1430 on: September 13, 2016, 11:20:20 am »
Excellent observations on the detrimental impact site BrP4 will have on the picturesque hamlet of Water End.

It appears that, should this go ahead, Water End will be inundated with floodwater and traffic
congestion on woefully inadequate narrow lanes. 
 
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« Reply #1431 on: September 13, 2016, 08:52:07 pm »
Who owns this land?
 

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« Reply #1432 on: September 13, 2016, 09:50:44 pm »
Who owns this land?

The Royal Veterinary College
 

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« Reply #1433 on: September 14, 2016, 07:53:34 pm »
Excellent observations on the detrimental impact site BrP4 will have on the picturesque hamlet of Water End.

It appears that, should this go ahead, Water End will be inundated with floodwater and traffic
congestion on woefully inadequate narrow lanes.


It looks like it is already inundated with floodwater going by the photos in the article which I note has been compiled by a developer who previously promoted his own site for consideration.  Appreciate he is also a resident of water end.
 

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« Reply #1434 on: September 14, 2016, 10:23:40 pm »
Thank you Bewildered for the link. 
 

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Re: Housing, planning, and development in North Mymms
« Reply #1435 on: September 15, 2016, 07:16:16 am »
I have merged a number of threads that were dealing with housing, planning, and development in North Mymms in order to avoid duplication and to bring all similar discussions together for historical context. No posts have been deleted. For those who had notifications of updates set for the individual threads, please check they are still set (although they should continue anyway). For the record, the main threads to be merged are: Brookmans Park Housing and the WHC Local Plan, Little Heath Local plan-Little Heath Action group, Save Water End!, and Welham Green Caravan Site. I have also merged a few shorter threads - all related to aspects of planning and development in North Mymms which are being considered as part of the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's Local Plan.
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Re: Housing, planning, and development in North Mymms
« Reply #1436 on: September 15, 2016, 08:37:39 am »
It looks like it is already inundated with floodwater going by the photos in the article which I note has been compiled by a developer who previously promoted his own site for consideration.  Appreciate he is also a resident of water end.

The point here is that houses in Water End have come perilously close to flooding at least three times in the last decade, sometimes within a few millimetres of door thresholds.
Extreme weather events are predicted to increase and anything that exacerbates this situation WILL result in homes in Water End flooding.
ALL the surface water runoff in the entire Mimmshall Valley area - which includes Welham Green, Brookmans Park (extending to Queenswood School), Potters Bar and Borehamwood ultimately ends up at Water End.
Ordinarily the water disappears underground in a series of swallow holes but in times of heavy or prolonged rainfall the capacity is exceeded and the swallow holes area becomes a large lake.
In this situation the usually dry riverbed that runs under Swanland Road and the A1M across North Mymms Park to Colney Heath acts as an overflow.
The culvert under Swanland Road has finite capacity and when this is exceeded the water in excess of the capacity has NOWHERE to go. This results in the Mimmshall Brook backing up and homes in Water End flooding.
 
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Re: Housing, planning, and development in North Mymms
« Reply #1437 on: September 15, 2016, 10:15:33 am »
Extreme weather events are predicted to increase and anything that exacerbates this situation WILL result in homes in Water End flooding.
ALL the surface water runoff in the entire Mimmshall Valley area - which includes Welham Green, Brookmans Park (extending to Queenswood School), Potters Bar and Borehamwood ultimately ends up at Water End.

Thanks for explaining the water issue, Epiphany. That's a massive area affecting Water End. Does that mean that wherever houses are built in Brookmans Park, Water End will suffer?

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« Reply #1438 on: September 15, 2016, 12:46:28 pm »
Extreme weather events are predicted to increase and anything that exacerbates this situation WILL result in homes in Water End flooding.
ALL the surface water runoff in the entire Mimmshall Valley area - which includes Welham Green, Brookmans Park (extending to Queenswood School), Potters Bar and Borehamwood ultimately ends up at Water End.


Thanks for explaining the water issue, Epiphany. That's a massive area affecting Water End. Does that mean that wherever houses are built in Brookmans Park, Water End will suffer?

David



In a word - yes, but remember it is not just the houses in Brookmans Park it is also development in Welham Green, Little Heath, Potters Bar etc
As has been pointed out in a previous post, the Bradmore Lane site BrP4/HS22(or any other site) to the west of the railway line will have the greatest effect on Water End simply because the surface water runoff from any site to the east of the railway line will have to pass through a culvert and will therefore be attenuated over the capacity of the culvert.
The Council planners will tell you that development won't affect Water End because SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) which are actually ponds, swales. underground tanks etc will be used on any new development and they are supposed to ensure that the developed area surface water runoff is no greater than the greenfield runoff i.e.before development.
The Environment Agency admit that it is impossible to install SUDS that will mitigate all eventualities. Just like the swallow holes the SUDS will have finite capacity.
In extreme weather - just as Water End is vulnerable to flooding the SUDS can be overwhelmed and it is a fact that the runoff from a developed site can be up to ten times greater than an undeveloped site.
Of course this is all compounded by the number of sites in the catchment area which will cumulatively add up - Hertsmere is currently reviewing its Local Plan and more sites will be coming forward there as well.
Two solar farms to the north of Potters Bar have had planning permission granted which also have the ability to cumulatively affect Water End.
 
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« Reply #1439 on: September 15, 2016, 05:51:44 pm »
As has been pointed out in a previous post, the Bradmore Lane site BrP4/HS22(or any other site) to the west of the railway line will have the greatest effect on Water End simply because the surface water runoff from any site to the east of the railway line will have to pass through a culvert and will therefore be attenuated over the capacity of the culvert.

So is there currently inadequate runoff for any extra development east of the railway line because of the capacity of the culvert? If, for example, the sites south of Brookmans Park either side of Bluebridge Road were selected, would they have to dig more culverts to stop those new development being swamped? And, if so, wouldn't Water End still be at risk?
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