I have set out below a letter I had published in the YEP today.

“I write in response to your recent article regarding proposals to build 200 homes at Moseley Wood Bottom in Cookridge (‘Soggy Bottom’ developers told to rethink plans, YEP, 11th April.)

 I would like to commend the members of the public who took the time to come to the meeting so councillors on the City Plans Panel could see for themselves the strength of local opposition to the proposals.

Moseley Wood Bottom is currently too prone to flooding and poor drainage to sustain housing. The developers, Taylor Wimpey, are going to have to do a lot of work to persuade councillors that the site’s long history of drainage problems can be surmounted. As the experiences of earlier this year showed, it is simply not acceptable any longer to build homes in areas of poor drainage.

There is still much to fight for, because last week was only a pre-application Position Statement. The developers will no doubt come back to the Council in a few months with revised proposals. Local people need to keep motivated, and continue to fight against these unwelcome proposals.”