Tuesday, 26 March 2019

House on stilts to avoid flood

ANOTHER resident of a flood-prone road in Wargrave has applied for planning permission to raise his home.

Gerard Green wants to demolish the existing property in Loddon Drive and build the new three-bedroom house on stilts.

He is the latest in a number of residents who have asked for permission for a raised house to avoid flooding from the nearby River Thames and River Loddon.

A previous application for a replacement dwelling was approved in 2017 but the property was not built.

Mr Green’s new house would be raised above the one-in-100 flood level, with the space below used for car parking and storage.

The roof would be planted with foliage and it would be screened from neighbouring properties with trees.

Wargrave Parish Council has recommended that the application is approved by Wokingham Borough Council, the planning authority.

Councillor Philip Davies said: “I think with the addition of the green roof it blends in very well. It’s probably better than the previous application.”

In January 2014, houses in Loddon Drive were submerged after the rivers burst their banks. Although many of the properties have been raised to protect them from flooding, several residents were forced to evacuate.

Mark Bond’s bungalow had a foot of water in the lowest-lying rooms.

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