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The flood relief channel Persimmon Homes development site Coed Dyffryn.

Below information on the flood relief channel was written as part of a Rhondda Cynon Taf Council planning application for development at Persimmon Homes development site Coed Dyffryn.

There were many problems earlier this year with flooding, the drainage channel referred to apart from the River Cynon is the only way for floodwater to drain out of the Aberaman floodplain, and all water tributaries that feed the old Aberdare Canal also flow through this flood relief channel.

The question, is this flood relief channel fit for purpose?

Below taken from planning application to RCTC

“The flood relief channel was subject of consent under the initial outline planning permission and associated Section 106 agreement and has the benefit of a Flood Defence Consent from Environment Agency Wales. The problem is that the "as built" flood defence channel is not compliant with that consent. It would not be appropriate for the planning regime in this instance to be used as a means of enforcing what can be reasonably achieved through an entirely separate regulatory regime enforced by another authority. However, the applicant has been written to explaining the current unsatisfactory circumstance and advised that the resolution of the matter be pursued with some urgency.”

A responce from Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

The issue that was raised in the report passage quoted in the link relates to a planning application to re-plan part of the overall housing site that was eventually withdrawn by the developer, Persimmon Homes. The concern that it raised was about the maintenance of the channel at that time and not its overall capacity to deal with flood waters. Since the time of the report works have been undertaken to improve the channel. There is no issue with the capacity of the flood channel.

Has anyone contacted the local Councillor for the area.