PLANS to raise a house on a flood-prone street in Wargrave have been approved by Wokingham
PLANS to raise a house on a flood-prone street in Wargrave have been approved by Wokingham Borough Council.
Nigel Abbott and his wife Catherine want to demolish their bungalow in Loddon Drive and replace it with a four-bedroom house which would be set back from the road and the River Loddon, which regularly bursts its banks after persistent rain.
There will also be a new entrance on to the street. They said the current property was “tired and outdated” and they wanted to replace it with a “high-quality modern building”, adding: “It will enhance its riverside setting while ensuring that the property is better able to deal with any flooding.”
It is the latest application to be approved following several other Loddon Drive residents earlier this year.
In March, the council approved an application by Mark Bond to replace his bungalow with a four-bedroom house on stilts. He was forced to leave his property in December 2013 when it was left under 2ft of water — the third time it had flooded in eight years.
During the floods, other residents of Loddon Drive were forced to use canoes after the road was completely submerged by floodwater.
In 2014, several businesses and homes in Wargrave were left underwater after the Loddon and River Thames burst their banks. A pensioner had to be rescued from his home in Loddon Drive, while Wargrave Boating Club and the offices of Val Wyatt Marine were both flooded.