Don’t build on soggy Showfields, reader says

Flooded Showfields.

Flooded Showfields. - Credit: Archant

I see Graham Nourse, Head of Fenland District Council Planning Department is already suggesting that the application for 220 houses at Whittlesey Showfields will be recommended for approval by the Planning Officers.

No doubt helped by the Environment Agency removing their objection on grounds of flood risk – that is so long as all houses have the ground floor built high enough!

But the picture sent to the council by Philip Rose (Chairman of Showfields Limited) taken at the height of the 2012/13 floods (no doubt meant to imply the area stays dry) is in sharp contrast to one I took in February 2014 (after weeks without rain) showing pools of standing water where houses are planned.

ROBERT BROOKES

Whittlesey

Via e-mail