Flash floods hit village High Street after rain

PUBLISHED: 16:40 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 16:40 16 May 2016

Flooding in Claverham High Street. Photo by Nigel Cooper.

Flooding in Claverham High Street. Photo by Nigel Cooper.


Concerns over building homes in Claverham have been raised again after its High Street was flooded.

Heavy rain left it under water on Wednesday and raised further doubts over the suitability of building new homes nearby.

Villager Nigel Cooper said Claverham is ill-equipped to deal with floods and the loss of ground caused by new housing will only make matters worse. Developer Gladman Homes is seeking permission for 70 homes off Chestnut Drive, yards from the High Street.

Mr Cooper, who is also part of the Claverham Future group, said: “Claverham supports infill within our current village and re-use of existing building sites, as this follows the logical historical principle of Claverham’s past and supports a future which is least at risk of flooding.

“Any other policy would be negligent in the extreme.”

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