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Flooding fears to be raised at housing public inquiry 

MEASURES will have to be taken to ensure no increased risk of sewer flooding to downstream properties if a plan for up to 370 homes on the outskirts of Thornbury is approved.

Bovis Homes wants to develop land off Gloucester Road from Upper Morton to Crossways Lane at The Knapp.

A planning inquiry will be held in the autumn into the scheme after South Gloucestershire Council failed to determine the application within a specified time.

The council’s planners were being recommended to oppose the development as Thornbury Voice went to press. Neighbouring parishes have already said they have worries about flooding downstream of Thornbury which could affect them if the houses are built and Wessex Water said existing foul systems were remote from the site, requiring a new and long off-site connecting sewer.

It also said there were no local public surface water systems with capacity to accept surface water connection from the site. 

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