Menston village flooding – BMDC gobbledygook?

The Menston Action Group (MAG) has recently issued an update and is asking for support at the meeting with Bradford Council Planning on 10 October (meet on 13.02 train Menston to Bradford). To see the full update click here.

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“Gobbledygook” is how the latest version of Condition 10, circulated on 27 September, of proposed planning permission for a major housing development on Bingley Road, Menston,  has been described by several knowledgeable people concerned with this on-going saga. What they mean by that is that they think it is ambiguous and does not commit the developer to undertake effective flood avoidance works. It is to be considered by Bradford Planning at a meeting on 10 October.
As it is likely to be gobbledygook in its true sense to many readers, it should be explained that this condition is about works the developer must do to avoid increased flooding (see pictures and links to video clips below) in Menston village as a result of the development.

The latest version of condition 10, which relates to flood avoidance, in the planning application for housing on Bingley Road, Menston

The latest version of condition 10, which relates to flood avoidance, in the planning application for housing on Bingley Road, Menston

What flooding?

Here are a couple of pictures, or to see video clip1, video clip 2 (if you listen carefully you will hear comments about the smell from sewerage brought up into the street), and video clip 3, click them.

Picture of flooding in Menston village

Flooding in Menston village

Picture of Flooding in fields in Menston village

Flooding in fields in Menston village

The latest situation will be outlined (and perhaps an explanation given of why the above is “gobbledygook”) at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of the Menston Community Association, on 8 October, at which officers for the coming year will be elected (click here for the full agenda). No villager should miss it!

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