How often do we read about our appalling drainage system being unsustainable? Homes in Burscough, Halsall, Ormskirk, Skelmersdale, all suffer from it. In a response to a Granville Park development proposal a resident stated “It is widely conceded by the local inhabitants that the drainage system in the area is substandard. Continuous periods of rainfall commonly result in the drains overflowing in the area and this extension would only add to this the already troublesome situation”.
The problems of a proposed swimming pool without submission of a drainage statement has led to the statement above . WARD:- Aughton And Downholland PARISH:- Aughton-Application: 2017/0966/FUL Decision: Planning Permission REFUSED
Proposal: Double-storey rear extension to comprise of; new indoor swimming pool, new kitchen/diner, gym & utility room on ground floor. First floor extension to house, new bedroom complete with small inset balcony & walk in wardrobe. Replace existing brick gateway at the driveway opening of the property with new brick wall complete with solid timber gates. Location: 43 Granville Park West, Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 5HS.
In respect of application number 2017/0966/FUL received on 12 September 2017 and in pursuance of its powers under the above-mentioned Act and Order, West Lancashire Borough Council as Local Planning Authority, having considered your application, hereby refuses permission for: Double-storey rear extension to comprise of; new indoor swimming pool, new kitchen/diner, gym & utility room on ground floor. First floor extension to house new bedroom complete with small inset balcony & walk in wardrobe. Replace existing brick gateway at the driveway opening of the property with new brick wall complete with solid timber gates. at: 43 Granville Park West, Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancashire.
PRINCIPAL ENGINEER (04/12/17)
This is a substantial extension and I would expect to see some drainage proposals in the form of a plan or Drainage Statement. As far as I can determine neither has been submitted as part of the application. Therefore, I am therefore unable to comment on either the disposal of the surface water runoff or flood risk. Swimming Pools. A Permit may be required and it is recommended that the applicant contacts the EA to discuss the following drainage options/permit application. There are four options in order of preference:
1. The swimming pool water may be discharged to foul sewer with permission from United Utilities; or If the chemical content of the backwash water is reduced to zero, it could be discharged at an appropriate rate through a sewage treatment plant; or
2. If the chemical content of the backwash water is reduced to zero, it could be used to irrigate a suitable piece of land; or
3. The backwash water must be stored and tankered away for suitable disposal off site.
NB Regardless of the drainage option Swimming pool contents must be allowed to de-chlorinate by standing for at least two days prior to being discharged. NB The owner must ensure that the swimming pool drain down and backwash does not cause an environmental problem or pollution of inland freshwaters, coastal waters and territorial waters. The owner is responsible for the quality of the discharge of effluent associated with any disposal via a sewage treatment plant.
Reason(s) for Refusal
1. The proposed development conflicts with Policies GN3 and EN4 of the adopted West Lancashire Local Plan and Conservation Area Design Guide in that the size, design and position of the proposed brick wall and solid timber gates would be detrimental to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.
2. The proposal conflicts with Policies EN2 and GN3 of the adopted West Lancashire Local Plan in that insufficient information has been provided to demonstrate no long term harm would result to the trees as a result of this proposal.
3. The proposed development conflicts with Policy GN3 of the West Lancashire Local Plan in that it would result in a significant loss of light and poor outlook to residents residing at 37 Granville Park due to its siting, scale and bulk.
When will the necessary investments be made to improve and modernise the nation’s Victorian drains, instead of wasting £billions for people to spend 20 minutes or less on a train journey?