3.13 Freshford Mill lies
wholly within the floodplain of the River Frome (as shown on the Deposit
Draft Proposals Map, Inset 35 (CD A2.1.5)). Floodplain maps are regularly
updated by the Environment Agency and in the current maps the whole of the
main block of buildings on the site lie within a zone 3 floodplain (i.e.
areas most at risk from flooding) as shown on the map attached as Annex 2.
Whilst policy NE.14 of the Revised Deposit Draft Local Plan (RDDLP) (CD
A2.1.10) allows for development within areas of flood risk where the flood
hazard can be mitigated or other circumstances apply, the Council do not
consider it appropriate to allocate a site for mixed use development that
lies within an undefended zone 3 floodplain. This accords with the
precautionary approach set out in PPG25: Development and Flood Risk (CD
A1.1.25), particularly in relation to proposed residential development.
The flood risk extends all along
the Frome and Avon valleys. In fact Bath has a very large area of
buildings and land that are at great risk. This page includes photos of the
bridge at Freshford Mill
To view another Environmental
Agency map of the settlements that are at risk of flooding
click here View:
DEFRA post code maps
Photographs of the road junctions
serving Freshford Mill.
The red dot roughly locates the existing
Freshford Mill site entrance.
The legend "Wks" located at the junction of the lanes is misleading. This
error is on the OS 1:50 000 mapping but not on 1:25 000 maps
If this information was used by
the Environment Agency to guide BANES Planning Department when they made
their decision to recommend to the Council to approve Suttons' proposal
for the Freshford Mill site then they should be instructed to reconsider
their advice. (the Environment Agency have checked
this information and assure me that, although there is an error in the
Ordnance Survey map the maps used by Planning were accurate) The Ordnance
Survey promised to correct the map and although they have altered the
legend "Wks" to "Mill" the location of the mill has
still not been corrected. The
flood risk assessment is also subject to global warming the Greenland ice
is now been found to be melting at twice the rate -this will affect the
sea level (BBC News 17th Feb 06)
Maps in general can be misleading
as the road thickness needs to actually register on the map. The width of
the flooded land where the river Frome meets the river Avon is nearly half
a kilometre wide!
Also, the map shows quite clearly
that the Bristol- Weymouth railway line, even though its on an embankment,
is under threat. How will this Flood Risk map change if the capacity of
the flood plain to hold flood water were to be altered by any attempt to
divert water away from the Freshford Mill site? could the railway
collapse? Would the ancient Inn at Freshford
(photo) be severely damaged?
Recent Photo (December 2007) Flooded and iced field:
photo icy flood
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