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FLOODPLAIN DEVELOPMENT REJECTED

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A government inspector has rejected residential development on the floodplain in Lewes following a public inquiry h...
A government inspector has rejected residential development on the floodplain in Lewes following a public inquiry held towards the end of last year.

Lewes DC turned down the proposals for 27 flats at Corporation Wharf, North Street, Lewes in July 2001 on grounds of unacceptable flood risk. The proposals subsequently went to a planning appeal.

At the appeal, the inspector backed the tough new controls on floodplain development brought in following the autumn 2000 floods in PPG25 and in the Lewes District Local Plan.

Andrew Small, cabinet member with specific responsibility for planning said: 'Although the proposed development would have brought advantages in regenerating an old industrial site, and in providing much needed new homes for the town, the flood risk to future occupiers was found to be the overriding factor in rejecting the scheme.'

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