Questions raised over airport development

S50514H13  Flooding at Shoreham Airport in December
S50514H13 Flooding at Shoreham Airport in December

THE county council has questioned whether there is enough evidence to prove that major development planned for Shoreham Airport will be safe from flooding.

West Sussex County Council has issued a response to the Revised Draft Adur Local Plan, which highlights concerns about building on the flood plain.

Land at Shoreham Airport has been earmarked for industrial development.

The report states: “There are concerns about the allocation of major sites within the high risk flood zones 3a and 3b, especially Shoreham Airport.

“These sites are not only known to be at risk from fluvial and tidal flooding, but also form surface water and groundwater flooding, as well as flooding from foul sewers.”

Although the land meets some requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework, WSCC says the plan does not currently show that the development will be safe ‘for its lifetime, or that ‘residual risks of flooding to people and property (including the likely effects of climate change) can are acceptable and can be satisfactorily managed’.

The report urged Adur Council to ensure the risks could be ‘technically and practically overcome.”

MP for East Worthing and Shoreham Tim Loughton welcomed WSCC’s response.

“The recent storms that have battered us clearly show that we simply cannot afford to have such excessive further development on our flood plains,” he said.