FLOOD PLAINS

The River Wey floods regularly. Every 10 years or so, there are well documented risks of major flooding, including up to the A31 at Northbrook, where the majority of the planned settlement south of the A31 is located in either Flood Zone 2 or 3, and where development should therefore be avoided.

 

There is also risk, if the new settlement at Northbrook is built on the scale proposed, that the natural flood plain which protects the downstream Farnham Town centre from flooding could be compromised, especially from the effects of canalisation of flood waters.  

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MAJOR FLOODING 

 

December 2019 saw heavy rainfall and major flooding in the North Wey valley. Northbrook Park is situated on the A31, which is straddled by the proposed development. The area to the south of the A31 at Northbrook Park, which is largely designated Flood Zone 2 or 3, was seriously inundated in December as were the flood plains around Wrecclesham and Farnham. The A31 was temporarily closed due to the flooding at Northbrook and was reduced to one lane for approximately10 days.  This flooding comes as no surprise to local residents who have seen flooding on this scale many times over the years, most recently in 2014. 

 

Here are some powerful images of the most recent flooding in December in the North Wey valley, at Northbrook, Wrecclesham and Farnham.  The Environmental Agency defines Flood Zones as below. It is required that Planners must additionally make allowance for further future global warming when considering Flood Risk. 

• Zone 2 – floods once every 100 – 1000yrs

• Zone 3 – floods every 100 years or more 

 

We believe that EHDC planners should not consider any development south of the A31 at Northbrook Park where there is such a significant Flood Risk

A selection of aerial images showing the water meadows to the South of the A31 have been provided by Allan Arthurs of Media Techniche Ltd.  

 

 

Please note that all of these images have been considerably reduced in size & resolution in order to display in Google Photos.

The first image in the collection is presented in the form of a 360 Panorama; you will need to click on the 360 Circle Logo and wait for the image to load before you can pan & zoom around using your mouse.