Crest Nicholson are planning to build 149 houses off the Horsham Road in Cranleigh with proposals for a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) with run-off flowing into Holdhurst Brook.

This proposed drainage system has not been independently verified by the Lead Local Flood Authority (Surrey County Council) to ensure that there is adequate capacity and that it will not increase the flood risk for existing residents nearby.  We would also like to know what the ongoing maintenance plan is for this drainage system and what the contingency plan is in event of its failure?

The video below recorded what happened at Leverstock Green, one of Crest Nicholson’s sites in January 2014.  Local residents warnings of flood risk had been ignored and new residents only occupied their homes for a matter of weeks before experiencing this flood water with the added risk of sewage contamination.

This incident was referred to by the Cranleigh Society in a recent meeting in the village chaired by Anne Milton MP, who confirmed that it was incidents like this that made residents justifiably concerned about increased flood risk.