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Watch Points for Drainage Aspect of Planning Applications

CPRE Oxfordshire is concerned that the impact of new development on existing drainage services, both surface water and foul drainage, is currently overlooked within the planning system.

This puts strain on local drainage strategies with local rivers bearing the brunt. Ultimately surface water finds its way to local streams and rivers potentially causing flooding. In the event that mains sewers are unable to cope with foul drainage, water companies are permitted to release untreated sewage into rivers potentially causing significant environmental damage.

We have produced a Technical Bulletin to help respond to drainage issues when commenting on planning applications. Download your copy below.

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