Selly Park flood scheme approved by council planning committee

A flood scheme which will protect areas of Selly Park from flooding has been given the go ahead by the city’s planning committee.

The proposed scheme by the Environment Agency and Calthorpe Estates will create flood protection to protect the flood risk area of Selly Park North which was devastated by floods back in June.

The hybrid scheme will also see 340 student flats being built on land at the Pebble Mill site off Pershore Road was delayed after residents expressed their concern about waste water created by the flats.

But members of the committee approved the application after as their concerns were addressed by the further reports from the Environment Agency, Calthorpe Estates and Severn Trent.

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Local MP Steve McCabe has said that there now needs to be appropriate consultation with Calthorpe Estates who are building the student accommodation, the council, local residents, the Environment Agency and also Severn Trent on the crucial design element of this part of the project.

Steve added:“I’m pleased that efforts have been made to answer questions that have been raised by local residents affected by the recent floods before a final decision was made on the hybrid planning application. I still plan to hold a meeting for local people as I recognise that for many residents there are concerns about the additional grey water. Severn Trent need to address these concerns about the additional grey water, I think it is important after all they’ve been through that residents are reassured that this scheme will work.”

Steve will be holding a meeting with the involved agencies and local residents in early November so that any further unanswered questions can be addressed.