Thursday, 17 August 2017

Flooded homeowners allowed to lift houses

VICTIMS of the worst flooding seen in Henley for more than a decade have been granted permission to future-proof their homes.

South Oxfordshire District Council has approved a joint application by 11 householders on Rod Eyot to raise their properties. The Thames island, opposite Mill Meadows, was flooded in January and March and some owners had to evacuate their homes.

Simon Loring, who lives on Rod Eyot for part of the year, submitted the application on behalf of his neighbours to lift their homes by about 1.5m.

Mr Loring said: “I am glad that is has all been approved. It has been a long process and it needed a bit of a push at the end to sort it out. I had to ask the Environment Agency to write to the district council asking it to approve it.

“I am hoping to raise my house before the winter starts and I am trying to sort out when and for how much. It is a really simple procedure. They use hydraulic jacks which are very small — between 20 and 30 of them.

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