Action demand as flood row deepens

MP Gordon Marsden at the affected streets in Marton.
MP Gordon Marsden at the affected streets in Marton.
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RESORT MPs have hit out at flooding on a Blackpool housing estate.

After up to four and a half feet of rainfall fell last week a number of driveways and pavements were left underwater on Rosefinch Way and Lark Close in Marton, although no homes themselves were flooded.

Now Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden says developer Morris Homes, which built the estate, must be held accountable for its upkeep and described the street flooding as “an appalling mess”.

The housing developer has blamed water levels at nearby Marton Mere for the problem.

But Mr Marsden told the Gazette: “The pumping by the fire brigade has been quite a major operation. None of that reduces the appalling mess which residents have been left in through this flooding and I think frankly the finger must squarely be pointed in the direction of Morris Homes.

“There’s a real failure on their part to fulfil the specifications they should’ve done when the estate was completed and no amount of bland comments will get away from that.”

Mr Marsden says “he will continue to keep the pressure” on Morris Homes to sort the problem out and has written to the company expressing his concerns.

The estate was built nine years ago after an application turned down by Blackpool Council was overturned on appeal by the planning inspector and Secretary of State.

Among the reasons for the original rejection were concerns over drainage on the site.

Mr Marsden added: “We need a few more planning inspectors who look at things from the best perspective instead of simply, and sometimes too easily, accepting the assurances of developers.

“The Government should not be relaxing planning controls further. Local councils are best placed to determine these things.”

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard said: “It should be of paramount importance for those authorising new housing developments to give proper consideration to the level of flood risk.

“This information needs to be made absolutely clear to people so they can make informed decisions about whether to purchase property or not.”

Despite repeated calls by The Gazette, Morris Homes was unavailable for comment.

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