Pond scheme raises fears about flooding

Horseshoe Hollow in Ruskington. EMN-140915-112529001
Horseshoe Hollow in Ruskington. EMN-140915-112529001

A decision to create two ponds near to housing has angered nearby residents who are concerned at the risk of flooding.

An application by Ruskington Parish Council to create two ponds with dipping platform at Horseshoe Hollow, off Manor Street and Lincoln Road in the village, has been approved by North Kesteven District Council despite objections from five residents.

One of the objectors, David Griffiths, told The Standard: “The proposals are in an area prone to flooding. The actual location of the proposed pond/scrapes is ill-conceived since at this point on the Beck it is at its most susceptible to flooding.”

He added: “Following very heavy rainfall the Beck at the location of the proposed ponds floods very easily since the banks are low and poorly maintained. The Beck then floods across the low laying ground at this point into the garden of 54 and 52 Manor Street.

“It also floods into the rear of my garden at number 50 via the low level ground north of my boundary.”

Mr Griffiths is disappointed that the application did not go to the district council’s planning committee for consideration but was determined at officer level.

He said: “Despite major objections from those who live close by it was approved using delegated powers.”

One of the other objectors, Simon Craft, also opposed the scheme because of concerns about potential flood risk and additional noise.

In his letter of objection, he said: “It is within the last three years that the bungalows in Manor Street were flooded out and we very lucky that it didn’t spill over into All Saints Close.

“Why the parish council want to place a pond development directly behind the bungalows affected is a mystery. Anything that increases the water level will increase the risk and will potentially increase house insurance premiums.”

The report of the council planning officer on the issue of flooding stated: “The risk involved with the proposal has been raised with the Environment Agency. They have confirmed that the proposal will have a negligible impact on the current potential for surface water flooding and, whilst I can sympathise with the flooding that occurred in 2012, the Environment Agency do not consider that the scheme will alter the flood risk potential and therefore do not object to the proposal.”